While painting the other day my not so normal dog decided to walk across the canvas dipping her little paws in the paint. Then she went running through the room getting paint everywhere. This is the image I have of us humans when it comes to sin. We do something we are not supposed to do then we go running through the room spreading our mess everywhere. Our sin just makes everything dirty.
I am reminded of the women caught in adultery. Jesus confronts this sinful women, tells the crowd of people ready to stone her to evaluate themselves before judging her then tells the women to go sin no more. Jesus forgives rather than condemning. This has brought questions in me. If the women truly leaves and sins no more than great! But what if the women could not help herself and continues to sin. What if instead of taking Jesus’s grace and changing she just walks away and proceeds to continue committing adultery? What happens then?
Everyone falls short. Everyone sins. Everyone makes mistakes. But if we receive the grace Jesus offers then we are supposed to turn from that sin. As a doctor I have seen that many people continue in sin because they do not realize what there doing is wrong or it is an addiction that they cannot control. So what do we do as Christians? Well we should not stone people but we should hold people accountable. Or in the case of something illegal than the legal system should be acting as that accountability.
Someone caught in sin that cannot help themselves needs help. The most loving thing we can do as Christians is not enable them, attempt to get them help and hold people accountable. There is only so much we can do because a person has to choose to get help but the most loving thing we can do is get them help. Instead of pointing fingers at the person we should pick them up off the ground and lead them to care. We should refuse to walk away.
“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.” John 8:2-11