Jesus was a progressive.
It is chilly in Southern Illinois. An intermittent rain is falling and the sky is overcast. I think that the weather probably reflects the way in which a lot of us feels with the knowledge that we are in our 2020 pandemic for the long haul, as Pastor Kerry reminds us. Zoom church, which I thoroughly enjoy, is to be continued, as the old television serials told us at the conclusion of each weekly installment. It appears that many of us are hoping for the final episode of the…Pandemic Limited Series. It appears that no matter what we want or believe is the, true, reality of the situation that we find ourselves in…the COVID-19 virus is not influenced. Is the present distress different from anything that any of us has ever imagined for our lives…you bet it is! We Baby-Boomers were raised to believe that the world was our ‘oyster,’ and that we could achieve whatever we desired…and to not accept no for an answer. Now, we are setting in the cheap seats and watching a devastating illness kill over 80 thousand of our fellow citizens and 294 thousand deaths worldwide. The virus has not asked my opinion and insists that it does not consume the television news programs that I watch…nor is it affected by the most magical of thinking… To use a computer analogy…our motherboard is getting hot and our circuits are fried! This happens when we are confronted with an unknown and unimagined occurrence that appears to have come from the Twilight Zone! This is why it is time to calm down and take several deep breaths and believe that we will come out on the other side of this dark tunnel…if we obey our doctor’s scientific advice.
I have been attending church for 51 years. The concept that captivated my young mind in 1969, was that Jesus loved everybody. His compassion extended to both the rich and the poor, every ethnicity, every culture and creed and tongue, and he did not sit in judgment of the variances of his creation. The miracle of church is a celebration of diversity! Christ is the great equalizer of the human family.
‘The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified of her children.’ Matthew 11:19 KJV
‘Early in the morning He went back into the temple courts. All the people came to Him, and He sat down to teach them. The scribes and Pharisees, however, brought to him a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before them and said, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the law of Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?’
‘They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.’
‘When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.’ And again he bent down and wrote on the ground.’
‘When they heard this they began to go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, until Jesus was left, with the woman standing there. Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?’
‘No one, Lord,’ she answered.
‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared, ‘Now, go and sin no more.’ John 8: 2-11
Have you ever wondered what Jesus was writing?