Friday, May 15, 2009

Jesus and the Dishonest Politician

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The newspaper editors and the bloggers brought in a member of parliament caught with his fingers in the till. They made him stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this man was caught in the act of claiming expenses beyond what is reasonable. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such men. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at him." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the member of parliament still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked him, "Man, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

"No one, sir," he said.
"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

John 8:1-11

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