He straightened up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone.’ 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 woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one accused you?’ “No one, Sir”, she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you’, Jesus said. ‘Go now and stop sinning.’ ~ John 8: 7-11
Do you remember the song 99 Bottles of Beef on the Wall? It was one of those songs we used to sing on the bus on field trips, long before any of us (or at least most of us) had ever tasted a beer. Funny how, after all these years, that particular song came to mind tonight as I was reading John.
Take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall. Starting at 99, passing the bottle and reaching for another, it took a long time to run out of beer. I don’t remember that we ever sang it all the way through.
It’s sort of the same way with stone throwing. Pick one up, pass it around and there’s still an endless supply of stones on the ground. Wrong denomination, take one down; wrong Bible version, take one down; wrong choice of movies, take one down; wrong life style, take one down; wrong political party, take one down; wrong beverage, take one down; wrong taste in music, take one down; wrong eating habits, take one down; wrong hobbies, take one down; wrong habits, take one down …
Pick up a stone, pass it around. Ashes, ashes we all fall down.