The gospels tell of a woman who “was caught in adultery” (“in the very act of adultery” NKJV) and the scribes and Pharisees confronted Jesus about the Law of Moses that clearly said one should be stoned to death for such an act.
It would be very easy with a religious legal heart to start looking around for a handful of rocks. Anyone caught in the act of sin always appears lesser than we who have not been caught that day.
Whether it is adultery, abortion, liars, thieves, same sex marriage, being in the wrong political party, opposed to taking down Civil War Monuments, homosexuality, wrong translation of the Bible, racism, misogamy, promoters of egalitarian rights… whatever, given the right subject I might start looking for stones because to become self-righteous takes very little effort.
We need the heart of Jesus in these matters. I do not condemn you… but I don’t agree with you either. That to me is the secret if I also have hope that others might put down their stones when I am caught up in my own transgressions.
“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus