1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
- Want to know what I think as a Christian about same sex marriage? Or adultery? Or cheating, stealing, pride, drug abuse, pornography or telling lies, even white ones, or hatred, or anything else that can be called sin according to the scriptures?
- Want to know what I think, as a Christian, about fairness, equality, prejudice, discrimination, laws, regulations, rules, churches, and parades?
- Want to know what I think, as a Christian about speaking the truth, love, compassion, correction, campaigns, debates, envy, strife?
Want to know? Well, here we go………
HE is where I stand.
I am with HIM.
Jesus Forgives a Woman Taken in Adultery
- Instead of getting caught up in some debate about right and wrong, Jesus drew a line in the sand and said that if someone amongst them was without sin, then they could then condemn her.
- THEN, he told her to go and sin no more (speaking the truth in love after preventing her from being condemned).
Love without condemnation first, then loving and caring correction (after you’ve taken the plank out of your own eye, of course)
- Notice: Jesus did not “condone” her lifestyle. And He didn’t get sidetracked by whether she was at fault all on her own, or was dragged into this by someone else.
- He stuck to His point. And He made that point by drawing a very firm line in the sand and standing right above it. Tall.
- He did not have to go out and say that they should make a new law to allow her to live differently, or the way she wanted to live in order to support her. He also did not do anything to go against the truth and the way the Lord would have Him deal with the situation.
BOTH things can be done, friends. We can love one another, even while standing strong in what we believe. We don’t have to condone actions, behaviors, or lifestyles, and we don’t have to condemn people either.
Don’t allow yourself to be forced to think of it any other way because someone is telling you that you have to. Jesus didn’t.
He didn’t have to support her lifestyle in order to stand for her as a sinner in need of a Savior…of someone worthy of His love and compassion….He didn’t have to speak out in that moment against that “sin” to stay true to what is right, noble, and holy, either. He chose to love first.
That is where I stand. With HIM.
I don’t need to invite someone into my house or my church and allow them to get married there just to be kind and loving toward them in spite of our differences.I don’t need to kick them out, either, if they come to me for love and kindness and support.
But, if I see them being attacked or abused, I do need to stand up and show love….toward the person versus the “issue.” Only then, would I have any chance of addressing the “issue.” But most importantly only then do I have any chance of being Christ-like.
THIS is what so many, Christians, and non-Christians alike, do not seem to wish to accept: That we can speak the truth in love. That we can believe differently, but in love. That we can love first, above all things. That we don’t have to fight one another first, and then love next. We can still be responsible citizens and fight for what we believe in without fighting and condemning the people while we are at it. And that we can share in loving ways what we may think is right or wrong, when asked, without completely ostracizing or attempting to stone or crucify that person.
Thankfully, this woman, she did accept Jesus’ love and compassion, and then decided to follow after Him. Some? They will not. And that is their choice. And, although that is a very, very sad and heartbreaking choice, it is each person’s choice to make. We can try to share Jesus with others, but then it is up to them what they wish to do with that.
I have seen the enemy at work lately through these issues in ways that turn my stomach. The endeavor is to get us to take our eye off the ball, and feel we have to make a choice that paints us into the corner of having to be for it while fighting, or go with it while loving. Hmmmmm. Is that really the only combination that will work? One or the other?
But what we are called to do, is to love first, and do so while not sacrificing the truth of our beliefs. What we are called to do, is to remain firm in what we believe in while simultaneously showing love, and grace, and mercy.
Hard to do, but it can be done. Jesus proves it.
Jesus made it look easy. It’s not so easy for us, is it?
Maybe we should ask Him for His supernatural wisdom, love and discernment? Maybe when we feel we are being painted into a corner, told we are “hiding behind love” to dodge the issue, we should stand with our heads held high in silence….right behind that line in the sand.
Sin can exist on both sides of the line – in fact, it always does. That is exactly why we need our Savior standing there right in the middle of it all.
The question is not which side of the line you are on in relation to your particular “sin”. The question is: do you realize that He is the only thing that can really ever save us?
Yah. He can save us from one another. He can save us in spite of ourselves. And He came to do so because none of us doesn’t fall short of the holy mark of perfection.