“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality
but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.”
“Men will allow God to be everywhere but on his throne.
They will allow him to be in his workshop to fashion worlds and make stars.
They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow his bounties.
They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof,
or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean;
but when God ascends His throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth.
And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own,
to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter;
then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us,
for God on His throne is not the God they love.
But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach.
It is God upon His throne whom we trust.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Humans never cease to amaze me.
I imagine we never cease to amaze God either…
However, I imagine He already knows what it is that we do, be that good or be that bad…
So perhaps amazed He is not….nor is He bemused…
but perhaps rather, dare I say, He just might be dismayed…
In this age of all things politically correct,
all things hashtags, all things of movements and isms…
why should I be surprised over the ever growing attacks happening to those more
conservative among us?
If you are a conservative, a Christian Conservative at that…
be it as a journalist, entertainer, actor, musician, sports star, politician, ad infinitum…
you best be prepared because those who loathe your conservative Christian values and nature
are coming after you.
They will dig up everything and anything you ever once did or said—
things and words that are now perceived ever more vile, heinous,
irreprehensible or merely, dare I say it, sinful than when you first did or said such things.
Because our culture has deemed all past faux pas, stupidity, youthful arrogance,
and yes even hurtful actions…irredeemable.
No Grace, no Redemption.
And yet who among us is without sin?
Who among us has not said or done things we, as our older and now hopefully wiser selves,
Things that were done and said which were the cause for remorse and shame due to the harm
inflicted to not only ourselves but particularly to others?
And yet were we not afforded the gift of confession, followed by salvation—
allowing for moving forward from having learned from the pain and error while striving
to do better by, not merely ourselves, but especially for that of our fellow man?
So perhaps we can then agree that no matter if we were either young or old, we have
most likely committed some hurtful or even egregious act.
Something that now brings us the deep feeling of shame or remorse…and yet
a joy that has been found in the Grace afforded to us and our error.
It’s something that is sadly part and parcel for our humanness—
that of our sinful nature.
However, in all of this talk of past sinful acts, it’s just that some of our acts
didn’t seem so egregious at the time…
in large part because of the time.
Because we were living in a time long before the time we now find
ourselves living…a time that finds us living in the age of saintliness.
Yesterday our dear friend Kathy over on atimetoshare.me wrote a post regarding
the Biblical story of the woman who had spent a lifetime hemorrhaging—
the constant internal bleeding that made itself manifest to those who saw her—
This constant bleeding labeled her as “unclean”—blood carried heavy connotations to
the ancient Jewish world.
And those who were labeled to be “unclean” were to be avoided by one and all
as they were considered ‘less than.’
This poor woman had heard of the young Rabbi who was to be teaching and preaching nearby.
She sought his presence.
Not a meeting, not an appointment…but rather simply his presence.
She believed, without a doubt, that just His presence would be enough.
However yesterday when I first saw Kathy’s post, my mind actually went straight
to the story of the young adultress who was condemned to stoning for her sin…
Never mind her sin was not a sin of one…but actually a sin of two…
yet she was, however, the woman and obviously the temptress.
Therefore, given the time and culture in which she was living,
she was the lone guilty party.
There is little doubt that her sexual partner was a part of the crowd of men who
circled around her as they lifted the stones.
And yet here came, once again, the young Rabbi.
He calmly posed a single question to the execution party.
A very applicable question posed to each of us today.
“Who among you is without sin?”
And so in this time of a rabid culture that claims pious saintliness,
as it races to condemn and stone each and every conservative,
conservative Christian or Jew, or those who are morally driven to seek truth over falsehood…
Be reminded…not one of us can cast that first stone…
as we are each blessedly offered the same Grace…of forgiveness, redemption and salvation.
The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery,
and having set her in the center of the court,
they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”
They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.
But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it,
they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone,
and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either.
From now on sin no more.”