Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

CASTING STONES
11/17/2017 3:59:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

SNARK

I’m a #metoo person. I suspect most women have been approached inappropriately by someone at some time. I agree our culture needs to change. Not just harassment in the workplace.

The bandwagon is rolling … and people are coming out of the woodwork in efforts to cast stones at the powerful … past or present. We tear down statues, take a knee during the anthem, sling accusations of mistreatment, and fill social media with anger and resentment. The list goes on.  

The motivation for the rant may come from various conscious or unconscious reasons:  

Fifteen minutes of fame
Retribution
Deep-seated anger
Elevating self
Mob psychology

The truth is, because sin exists, the majority has at some time or another been treated inappropriately by someone who has power over us. How quick we forget, that we are also the abusers at some time or another.

We somehow think we are more righteous than the one we condemn. Whether we tear down statues, take a knee during the anthem, accuse anyone in power of sexual misconduct, smear our forefathers, or any other masked form of self-righteousness, we puff ourselves up in our antagonism … no matter how much we feel the sinner deserves judgment.

SENSIBILITY

“Those who are without sin, cast the first stone,” Jesus said when asked what should happen to the woman caught in adultery. The law required she be stoned. (Note … not the man who was just as guilty.) Of course, no one dared be the first to throw a stone among all those who were furious with the situation they uncovered. Jesus then asked the woman, “Where are your accusers?” Since none came forward, Jesus told the woman … “Go and sin no more.”

 Forgiveness and forward thinking had more power than

the stones

that could have been cast.

Believers, do you feel wronged? Are your memories producing anger and resentment? Remember your own sin and learn to forgive. Then and only then, can we move forward collectively to make positive change.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23NIV).

 

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Comments

Ann Ellison From Abilene, Texas At 11/17/2017 4:28:11 PM

True anytime, but especially true in today's world.

Reply by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Amen

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