Drop Your Rock!
“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.” John 8:4-5 NIV
Too many people are throwing rocks these days.
We throw rocks at vax-ers and mask-ers, anti-vax-ers and anti-mask-ers, politicians, and football players. We throw rocks at whatever someone tells us to be angry about today! And, we’re angry when people aren’t angry about what you’re angry about!
Angry people with rocks in their hands are itching to unleashing all sorts of venom toward anyone they consider to be in the wrong. (Most of our rock throwing is online, but we do it in person too!)
And sadly, too many of the self-righteous rock-throwers are thinking like Pharisees, not like Jesus. These angry people even think that Jesus is on their side. (BTW, Jesus didn’t come to take sides, Jesus came to take over!)
Worst of all, these angry people think that their righteous-anger is sanctioned by God. (Again, people thinking that God is on their side.)
Maybe it would do us all good to remember what Jesus’ half-brother James wrote about human anger:
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV
Just ask someone who knows you if your anger is making you more like Jesus, a better mother, a better husband, a better friend?
And, have you noticed that you are always angry at someone else’s sin! (That’s called pride! That’s a sin.) Jesus even told you to take the log out of your own eye before trying to take the speck out of someone else’s eye. (see Matthew 7:5)
DROP YOUR ROCK!
If you know the account of the woman caught in adultery (last I checked it takes two to tango!), you know that Jesus didn’t answer the Pharisees who were ready to throw rocks.
Jesus bent down and wrote in the dirt. Thankfully we don’t know what he wrote. (Many think he wrote the sins of those rock-throwers standing around him.) When he was done, Jesus and the woman were surrounded by a pile of rocks that had fallen lifelessly from the hands of her accusers.
I’m not saying there aren’t things in this world to be angry about.
I’m just pointing out that Jesus didn’t let the angry stone-throwers win. After all, human anger doesn’t produce what you think it should.
Anger only destroys relationships. Burdens lives. Cheapens the name of Jesus. Breaks churches.
Stop breaking things!
Drop your rocks!