Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't Say Anything

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him.

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
John 8:3-11 (English Standard Version)

Mr. Pat Robertson,

Tragedy is never the time to adopt an “I told you so” mentality. If we truly have a direct line to God (and I believe we all do), let’s use it to find out the most effective, efficient way to lend a hand to those affected. Let’s pray for healing, peace, supplies, etc... Let's go help if we can, let's donate if we can.  But let’s not stand over them like self-righteous zealots and heap further condemnation on those in pain. That’s not our job.

In the passage above, the self-righteous sought to bait Jesus into condemning her.  He was wise enough to decline the bait.  Instead, He reminded the condemners that we are all imperfect and all have our issues.  Rather than condemn, it should be our job to restore.

Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head. He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:15-16 (God's Word Version) 

Now, I do believe that if we are given a warning to share, we must do so. But, Biblically, the warning would come before the judgment. To bring up the warning after the judgment is meted out is a failure. It's disingenuous to offer help, while with the same voice condemning, as if we are better than those that are hurting.  If God has truly told you this is judgment for Haiti, then God must have also shown you a way to bring healing, peace, and restoration to them. Be quick to share that message, because we really, really, really need to hear that message right now.

Otherwise, please, don't say a word.


Jennifer said...

This is perfect. The whole Haiti situation is just heartbreaking. And Pat Robertson is a real jerk for what he said. God is love, not condemnation. You said it much nicer than I would have. My reaction was Pat Robertson STFU!

Did it MY way said...

Right on by both of you.