Today's Christian thought: Monday September 8th, 2003
Why is it that when one of us is in trouble, so many of us want to pile on and take our best shot at adding insult, hurt and embarrassment to the one who is down? 21 years ago I remember a young boy, he was 18, his parents were divorced swingers, his older sister a lesbian and he was one of the smaller kids in his senior class. He wasn't all that smart, not really good looking and far from being the most popular kid in school.
Because of his parents and sisters deviant behavior he was the butt of more than his share of jokes and ridicule, and even when it was becoming apparent that he was hurt, really hurt, kids and adults still just piled on. They piled on, making comments about him, his sister and his parents. They piled on and called his mom, his dad and his sisters some very rude names, and even though all knew this boy was really hurt, they kept on piling on.
Then one day, he took his car, parked it along the side of a lake on route 135 in Natick, Massachusetts, ran a pipe from the car's exhaust into the car, and died. He was eighteen.
A few days later his funeral was held. At the church service the priest ranted and raved about how wonderful Gary was, how loving and kind his family was, and how much he would be missed. Then, classmate after classmate got up and told how they remembered Gary, how much they loved him and how they would miss him. His uncles and aunts got up and told how they were always there for him, how if only he had asked for help. His parents got up and told how they couldn't believe Gary, of all kids, could kill himself. After all he came from such a well adjusted home.
The same people who had beaten Gary into the ground were now patting themselves on the back while trying to make it sound like a eulogy for Gary. Many of these people called themselves Christians, but I would have to have serious reservations about those claims. For the Lord Himself has told us that we will know real Christians by their fruits, as will we know those who are hypocrites.
While we as a society have literally no morals, we still have little if any difficulty in pointing fingers and piling on when one of ours is hurt. It was about 1,970 years ago that a bunch of adulterous lecherous old men brought a young girl who had been caught committing adultery to the Lord. They wanted to see Jesus condemn the girl to death:
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they said unto him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not.
So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"
She said, "No man, Lord."
And Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:1-11)
Over the last few weeks, Susan Arena, the Editor of the Advertiser Democrat has made us aware of a young girl who is hurt, she has been hurt badly, yet, many, instead of offering to help are casting stones. Wouldn't it be better for us, especially us of the Christian Community to help this young girl? For if she simply asks the Lord for forgiveness He will forgive her and say to her "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
Shouldn't we be helping her to sin no more instead of acting like the scribes and pharisees?
She is fifteen and she sinned, but, she didn't try to cover up that sin by multiplying it by killing the babies that resulted from that sin. When it is so easy for the Lord to forgive, why is it so hard for us to?
Sherry I don't know if anyone one else has told you this, but I love you and Jesus loves you even more.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Harrison, Maine 04040
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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