Condemnation Draws a Croud

John 8 New International Version (NIV)

8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 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. 7 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.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 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. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”


Have you known people that engage in black or white, all or nothing thinking?  I once heard a Christian counselor say black and white thinking is often a sign of depresssion.  Many people engage in this behavior.  Often there are entire family systems that engage in this thinking.  They may have a verneer of Christiain religiosity and may even speak of grace, but their narrative in how they live is not grace-based.  I find it sad that a few Christian politicians that are so popular can stop just short of of using hate language and also have views I agree with,  How they practice their faith actually serves to make me to NOT want to support them!!!!!

The point I want to make is that the parable has proven a point that I have seen over and over again. Condemning, critical spirits draw crowds of people to them .. often others with condeming, critical spirits.   Have you known people like this?

All I can do is pray for them and live a healthy, grace based life myself.




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