“Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
Said by the wisest man who ever lived.
He is the living word of God, and his name is JESUS.
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Over the years, I have heard many Christians say mean things about other Christians. It is sometimes heart breaking to hear their judgmental reasons for choosing leaders, churches, politicians, based on who they think is a better Christian. But the Savior himself said we are not to judge others, instead we are to forgive them.
I read an article about a young Christian man who made a serious mistake when he was young. At the time he made the mistake, he came forward and repented of his mistake and sought forgiveness and help from his church and family. However his life and the lives of those he hurt was deeply scared by his actions. Though several years had passed, and because his family is famous, he experienced more than his share of haters from the Christian community who had no understanding of the situation when they found out about his past. The pressure on his life is intense due to their fame. Even though he is surrounded by his family and many loving people of the Christian faith, his life will never be the same, and the public is ruthless, mocking, and unforgiving. The crazyist thing about the whole “scandal” is the ungodly response of the Christians is worse than how the un-churched public treat him. They do not act like Jesus Christ. He had a problem, he confessed and was forgiven, yet the Christians accuse him of his past sin and of practicing fake Christianity.
Was Peter a fake Christian because he denied Christ 3 times?
Peter fell down in his faith and committed a terrible sin. He denied the one and only son of God who had shown himself to him, his closest disciple. If Peter, who was with Christ 24 hours a day for three years and saw everything he did from the beginning to the end, could sin and deny him, isn’t anyone capable of doing the same? Jesus said to his followers: “If you deny me to others, I will deny you before my Father”. Was Peter denied entry into heaven? No. Because when he repented of his sin, he was forgiven. Peter was a true Christian, even though he made the same mistake three times, and Jesus Christ chose to build his Church upon the work Peter would do in sharing the gospel,
Let me ask you Christian…are you without sin? Are there sins you have committed over and over? Are you a closet sinner and hide the truth? What is going on in your home? Is there divorce, stealing, fighting, adultery, lust, pornography, lies, drug abuse, gluttony, hatred, cursing? If Christians are divorcing at the same rate as the rest of America, and only 1 out of 20 Christian kids remain in their Christian faith after they grow up, then I believe this indicates a basic fact that there is a whole lot of ungodly sin going on in the lives of Christians today.
How many Christian families in church don’t even establish any boundaries at all for their teens? From the article: “By 17 years old, 48% of teenagers have had sex. One out of every three teenage girls gets pregnant before the age of 20. And it doesn’t count as consent just because you’re both under 18. Another 26.5% of 15-19 year old girls are giving birth to kids – and those are just the ones that aren’t having abortions.” Many of these kids live in Christian homes. Don’t tell me you don’t know. There are kids in your church right now that are sexually active and some are getting pregnant. Let us take it a step further. How many teachers, leaders, and even pastors were sexually active before marriage? How many are guilty of other sins we overlook because they are in a position of authority, yet we don’t give each other grace for a similar offense?
Are you without sin? Jesus said “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”. No one is without sin, and no one should cast a stone at others.
Let us be careful how we judge. Christians need to be mindful, because the same measure of grace and forgiveness we extend others, will be extended to us. God is not mocked. Christians need to be mindful and careful of judging (stoning) others. Jesus told us to say “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” when we pray to Father God. He also told us to forgive 70 x 7 even when a person does the same thing wrong over and over. He said we are to turn the other cheek and forgive them. He also told us to pull the log out of our own eye before we remove the speck from our brother’s eye. He wanted us to practice forgiveness in our daily lives and not let the sun go down before we had forgiven and let go of resentment and anger.
It is interesting that several spiritual heroes who sinned are listed in Hebrews 11. These people certainly wouldn’t get to speak at Christian conferences today, and they probably wouldn’t fit in at any of the local churches. They would be seen a backsliders. In fact, most of them would probably be straight up kicked out of church.
Abraham lied and sold out his wife twice. He also committed adultery with his employee and got her pregnant.
Sarah scoffed in unbelief when God said she would have a son.
Jacob was a schemer and deceiver who completely ripped off his brother of his inheritance.
Moses was a murderer and was easily frustrated. His unbelief kept him out of the Promised Land, though he helped free the Hebrew people from Egypt and did many mighty miracles for the Lord. He still got angry and doubted God at times.
Rahab was a prostitute who slept around. Yet she became the grandmother of King David.
Gideon was power hungry, and he built many idols of worship and led the kingdom of Israel astray after God helped him succeed in battles and free the Hebrew people from the Philistines.
Samson was a sex-addict and couldn’t control his anger against the Philistines and caused innocent people to die as well as his own imprisonment.
David was an adulterer and a murderer,
Eli completely failed to parent his sons and they became evil in the sight of the Lord and abused people.
And yet the author of Hebrews tells us to consider all of these people and imitate their faith. To follow after God just as they did. To walk the same path they did. Why?
Not one person is any better than the other.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Not one person is any better than this young man or Eli, or Sarah, even Peter, Jesus favorite disciple. They were just people. They sinned. Yet they asked for forgiveness from God, and God in his grace and mercy, used their lives in a mighty way to be a blessing, to strengthen our faith, and further the message of God’s Kingdom.