Monday, October 29, 2012

Let he (or she) who is without sin.........

In John 8:2-11 the bible says:

  At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.  The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”  They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

This scripture is a cornerstone of my personal faith. 

Today on Twitter I saw a post concerning a christian minister who is reportedly blaming Hurricane Sandy on homosexuals. This pretty much got me up on my soapbox in about 2 seconds flat. Nothing makes me madder than when Christians publicly judge and tear down  any group of people. Why? Because when 1 christian passes judgment, it reflects on all of us. It turns hearts and minds against God.

The link on Twitter was to a Gay and Lesbian website, and did seem somewhat inflammatory. So I decided to look the minister up online when I got home. I found his blog, and while he wasn't quite as blatant as the article portrayed him, he was pretty close. (I am not posting either link here because I really don't want to link my blog to them. If you really want to know, leave me a message and I will send you the info)

Here is my issue. I have no problem with the notion that homosexuality is a sin. If that is what you believe, okay. For myself, I am not sure. This is primarily because I feel that sin is a deeply personal thing between each person and God. Homosexuality is not an issue in my walk with God, but I have plenty other issues. I am certainly not without sin so based on the scripture above, I have no right to judge. 

Maybe I am just naive, maybe my faith is to simplistic. If it is, well I think I am okay with that. Don't judge me too harshly, okay?

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