Cut Off An Ear Or Have More Grace?

Last year Holli and I got hooked on the History Channel series, “Vikings.”  Another season is set to begin this Thursday so we’ve been watching episodes from last season to catch up.  In the series, there is a young lady who is the daughter-in-law of a king who has an affair with a Priest.  She gets pregnant and has the priest’ child.  Her husband knows the child isn’t his and has her tied and bound in front of a crowd and her ears are cut off because she is an adulterer.

What  she did was wrong.  I’m not not arguing that.  But, as she was tied up before a crowd she screamed for mercy  Her husband and father-in-law are sitting to the left not far from her and neither offer to help.  They watch, as her ears are cut off.  The whole scene is tough.

As she screamed… as she begged for mercy… I couldn’t help but think that many of those very pe0ple yelling for her to be punished, had sinned as well.  They may not have had an affair with a priest but, they were sinners.  We all are.

We have to be careful not to do this in the church.  No, I don’t mean cutting someone’s ears off.  When someone sins.. makes a mistake… we can, at times, not reach out to them… not love them… because, maybe, we don’t want to be seen as someone who  sympathizes with a person’s sin?

Folks, we have all sinned.  We may not have had an affair but we’ve all sinned.  We’ve had bad thoughts.  We’ve judged others.  Maybe we didn’t help others when we could have.

You remember the story of the adulterous woman being brought to Jesus?  Jesus asked her accusers, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”  And slowly, the woman’s accusers all left.  We need to be careful and stop throwing stones at others.  The apostle Paul said, “This is a trustworthy statement that deserves full acceptance; Jesus Christ  came into the world to save  sinners of whom I am the worst” (I Tim. 1:15).  We are all like Paul.  So, let’s stop pointing out the sin in the lives of others and focus on our own lives.

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