Stop Throwing Stones
In a famous encounter with self-righteousness, Jesus told the crowd, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone.” Good advice for these polarized times.
The story is that a woman was caught in the act of adultery and brought to Jesus for judgement. The crowd wanted her stoned to death—note, there’s no mention of the man in this! Rather take the role of judge, Jesus knelt down and drew in the sand, likely to think. When he stood up, he uttered the words above. One by one, the crowd dispersed as they were stung with the truth of their own self-righteous attitudes.
Today, America is filled with stone throwers. Whether it’s about vaccines or masks or Afghanistan, or mandates, or California. We are all picking up stones and casting them at anyone who disagrees with us. We don’t take a look at ourselves at all. We must be right. But are we?
Maybe a little more listening, a little more writing in the sand, a little more mercy is in order. Frankly, I don’t care which side of an issue you are on. If you are condemning and judging those with whom you disagree you are on the wrong side of the conversation.