Thou shalt not start the morning off without a great cup of coffee! One of God’s missing commandments, well, in my mind anyway. The Ten Commandments and Bill Clinton were on my mind this morning. What the… I know what you’re thinking. Remember back in 1998 when our President did not have “sexual relations” with Monica Lewinski? Ha! Adultery comes to mind – so I have a quizzical question for you. What number on the Ten Commandments scale is Adultery listed? Here’s a clue. The answer varies depending on whether you’re a Protestant or a Catholic. Protestant’s answer is number 7 and Catholic’s answer is number 6. Trick question for most of you!
In the Gospel of John there is a very popular verse, “He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.” Remember? [Read John 8:1-11 for compete details.] This story was about an adulterous woman who the Pharisees brought to Jesus. For some reason they forgot to bring the man (Deuteronomy 22:22). In any case, after the Pharisees cower away with their tails between their legs, Jesus lets her off the hook and tells her, “Go, and sin no more.”
What is Jesus trying to say here? He chose not to condemn her. I’m thinking that maybe we should take the planks out of our eyes first before judging others. This is a great story but according to most scholars, this story isn’t in the “earliest and most reliable manuscripts.” Yep, it’s one of those dang footnotes again. Oh well. Someone thought it was a great story to add it to John’s Gospel.
Let’s have another cup, shall we?
Oh, one last thought. What do the following people have in common?
John Edwards, Arnold Schwargenegger, Prince Charles, Newt Gingrich, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jim Bakker, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Rooselvelt, Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Mark Sanford and Robert Tilton. You guessed it! They violated the 6th or 7th Commandment of God!