I don’t care about football, in Australia at least. A lot of people do, though, and so I’ve been seeing way too much news about it and hearing comments from a whole lot of friends about it as well. I can’t help but notice that it’s suddenly okay for Christians to be angry. I can’t help but see that people are hurling abuse towards the Storm about this. I can’t help but feel like something is wrong with the knee jerk reaction that’s happening.
We’re called to be love in a world full of hate.
We’re called to stand out in a crowd full of passionate, often drunk people (at least when it comes to football).
I know we all slip into the stream sometimes, but shouldn’t we pause to consider our reaction? Before we go with the crowd, let’s think about this.
As the people got passionate and angry about the woman caught in adultery, Jesus didn’t react so quickly. He drew in the sand. I don’t know what he was drawing or writing, but he didn’t speak straight away. Everyone else wanted to condemn her! She was guilty, too. Everyone knew it, she knew it too. But Jesus took time to pause. He confused the crowd and what happened?
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
And everyone walked away, one by one.
Now, you can’t really compare a football team to the woman caught in adultery… But it does say something about how we should react. With forgiveness, and with love.
Stop throwing stones. We”re not without sin.