If the Body of Christ, the Church, has been known for any phrase worth repeating, they are words spoken by Jesus to the accusers of the woman caught in adultery recorded only in the Gospel of John chapter 8, verse 7. Within the confines of this text, the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus, cast her at his feet, and then asked him whether he agreed with the teachings of the law-giver Moses, or, did he have a different interpretation of the instruction which they had held in sacred honor. Now according to the Biblical Scholars of the Revised Standard Version which was published in 1952 , early manuscripts of this Gospel did not contain the words of John 7:53-8:11, the story of the woman caught in adultery, but were added in late manuscripts (footnotes of Revised Standard Version of the Bible). Initially, the Scholars left out chapter 7:53-8:11 when the Revised Standard Version first hit the bookstore, and after protest, the words were restored and all was right with the world again. However, was the world made right by this pericope being restored?
It is apparent that the inclusion of these words attributed to the Galilean Prophet has resulted in much controversy, especially when the modern day scribes and Pharisees who consider themselves as keepers of the truth of the teachings of the Galilean and Son of the Living God, find themselves continuously at odds with the society they are attempting to save from being part of hell’s fire and brimstone. A most recent example is the argument resulting from verification of Church doctrine explained by the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona on the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride, a hospital administrator, who had given approval for an approval for an abortion procedure to be done for a 27-year-old woman who was 11-weeks pregnant but suffered from a serious heart condition and faced near-certain death had she continued her pregnancy at St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/21/national/main6506448.shtml). According to the Catholic Church teachings, Bishop Olmsted by virtue of his office is the authoritative voice on faith and morals in the Diocese of Phoenix. This authority covers every official Catholic Institution of the Diocese (http://www.azcentral.com/private/cleanprint/?1293149961718).
This story first surfaced in May 2010, and it should be rightly noted the excommunication of Sister Margaret McBride occurred automatically according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. What brought this case back to the attention of the American public was the decision by Bishop Olmstead stripped the hospital, Saint Joseph, of its affiliation with the Catholic Church base not on Catholic teaching, but because the hospital’s parent company, Catholic Health West had issues with Saint Joseph involving a number of procedures they considered were contrary to Catholic teaching across the years, and the May 2010 was simply the “tip of the iceberg” apparently to the Parent Company and as Bishop of the Phoenix Diocese, Most Reverend Olmsted, fulfilled his responsibility as assigned him by the Roman Catholic Church (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gM-naQHFlhfuFzvy6-owllGeBD…).
The December decision has resulted in the continuation of a fierce debate which has persisted in the religious/spiritual tradition for centuries, and has called into question the redemptive nature of the Community of Faith for whom many Catholics and Protestants have given their lives for, because of the sacrificial instruction of the Word of God, the Bible. This issue has resulted in the salvific instruction of three particular traits of the Christian tradition, not traditionalism. Traditionalism kills, tradition gives and begat life to the organism – the Church. The tradition spoken of here are mercy, grace, and truth based on the teaching of Jesus – the ONLY ONE who died and rose again and whom the Bible declared every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is LORD (Philippians 2:10, 11).
It is strange while we argue about the reason for the season when those who are saved already know and will always remember and portray the reason are engaged in a petty, spiteful, diatribes, bashing others and manifesting just how difficult it is for people to make it in because we would rather demonstrate our “righteousness” instead of “God’s tender mercy and HIS righteousness.” There is none righteous, no not one, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we all have something not to be ashamed and the way we allow this controversy to control our actions demonstrates why we must never forget it is not about us, it’s all about Him! Maybe the writers of the blogs, the news reports, the declaration, consider themselves more righteous than others, why? Because so many are throwing stones which indicates they have nothing to be ashamed, they are like the rich young man who proclaimed he had kept the law from a child up – do you remember what Jesus said to him? YET YOU LACK SOMETHING YET!
Believers have the responsibility to not only brag about talking the talk and walking the walk, but they are responsible also TO LET THEIR LIGHTS SHINE NOT MAKE THEIR LIGHTS SHINE! From whom do you desire praise, God or men? If you have no sin, then Jesus’ words doesn’t mean anything. However, if you are like me, and know you have not always been victorious, that is, you have sinned and come short of His glory, you don’t have time pointing out someone else’s shortcomings. WHAT STONES CAN YOU THROW JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GUILTY OF WHAT SOMEONE MAY BE? YOU MAY BE GUILTY OF THE GREATEST SIN – UNBELIEF! EVEN THE BEST OF US IS GUILTY OF SOMETHING, REMEMBER, JESUS WAS MADE SIN SO HE COULD BE LIKE US, HE TOOK SIN UPON HIMSELF! AND YOU THINK YOU ARE SOOO GOOD YOU CAN THROW A STONE AT SOMEONE? CHECK OUT THE ROMAN PATH – ROMANS 3:23; ROMANS 6:23; ROMANS 10:9-13!