Line In The Sand

Come on people, enough is enough, right?  I don’t know about you but I am close to pulling the plug on my Facebook, actually, any form of social media really.  Not because anything dramatic has happened recently or that someone has posted or written something that has horrified, upset, hurt or even offended me.  It is more about the rubbish that gets put up, the negativity and the pulling down of people.  Where has the positive gone?  The negative can’t be the only thing out there – can it?

It is time to draw a line in the sand.

Our relationship with God is an individual one, in fact, it is a personal one between ourselves and our loving, forgiving, merciful, righteous and just Heavenly Father, our Saviour!  And with it being personal, I think it is time to look into the mirror and sort out some of our own stuff rather than either writing or reading about other peoples stuff.

In John 8:1-11, a situation is described of a woman who had been caught in adultery and the religious leaders of the day were trying to test Jesus, because by the law of Moses, she should be stoned.  What did Jesus do?  He quietly bent down and wrote something on the ground with his finger.  I like to think of it as Jesus drawing a line in the sand.

In verse 7 it says that…He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”.  All those who were there were convicted and one by one they left.  There was no-one left to accuse. Jesus himself didn’t even condemn her.  But He didn’t let her off either, change was still required, He required of her to go and sin no more.

I believe this is a good lesson for us for when we can be so quick to judge.  Take a moment to think about the line in the sand and what side of this line we are on.  No one is without sin, that includes me.  Let’s look at the positive and how Jesus sees that person, the person you are judging.

Ps. Adrian

Adrian Olney