It’s easy to look down on somebody. Especially when you’ve been reading the Bible for a few months, and know how to shoo away a few problems using the Word. It’s easy to look at someone’s bad situation and conclude, “well, that’s what they get.” Fantasia is the current punching bag of the internet. The singer allegedly attempted suicide due to an affair with a married man that was exposed on the Web. There may even be a sex tape, and we all know media outlets would pay top dollar to embarrass the former American Idol. Even Queen Latifah, the beloved blockbuster movie star, is currently the victim of vicious rumors concerning her sexuality. Many think that these two women will surely lose their elite status in the hearts and wallets of Americans because they are doing wrong.
Suppose these rumors are true. What if Fantasia really is sleeping with a married man, and Miss Dana Owens is gay as the day is long? What kind of punishment, from their “fans” do they deserve? I remember hearing a Jill Scott concert, and she said, “I am smart, have high self esteem, nobody would suspect that I, too, fell in love with a married man.” If Fantasia can make that same mistake, what makes her so different from the rest of us? If Queen Latifah has indeed been hiding the sin of homosexuality, is she so different from us who hide gossiping, lying, cheating and stealing?
It feels good to stone the sluts in our lives. If we have to compare our sin to others, we always look more victorious. “I am just gossiping, covetous liar, but at least I’m not a cheater,” is the reality of how we think. So how do we deal with people who sin to the point of embarrassment, or live of life of sin with no desire to repent?
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.
There is a story in the Bible about an adulteress woman, who is almost killed because she is discovered sinning. She could easily be Fantasia or Queen Latifah right now! She is caught cheating and a mob is ready to stone her because of her sin. The mob brings her before Jesus, and say, well, according the Law, we are supposed to stone her. So what should we do? Many times when people are exposed as sinners, the first people who want to ruin them are the religious folks! A person may approach a Christian and say, “you heard what happened to Jane, what you think about that?” You are being tested, just like Jesus was, to see how you will react. If you go on to verbally stone a sinner, you are wrong!
Jesus, being the amazing, logical man that He is, said to the mob, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 3:7) If any of us have never done anything where we deserved death, according to the Law, we can condemn others. But the man who is perfect on this Earth didn’t even condemn her!
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.”
Jesus saves us from our sins, when no one else will. Imagine that woman, a known slut, living in a city where the people tried to kill her. But Jesus Christ, the top, innovative thinker of the time, tells everyone she that she is not a slut. She is supposed to hold her head high and sin no more. That is her responsibility to do, after Jesus helps her.
So what can we do for these women, besides talk about them like we have never done anything bad in our lives? We can pray that someone ministers to them, and that they have the courage to pursue a changed life. It is not Christian-like or nice to stone people when they are exposed. Christians have the key to change and new life, and who are we to withhold that, and instead give hate? Having compassion toward people who need it the most is what Jesus would do. So we should do the same.
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