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Oftentimes it’s hard to resist the temptation of negative criticism over social media, especially if it’s someone you know or closely know at that, thinking whatever sermon you have is for that friend’s own sake when in fact it’s just so you can get it out your chest how wrong he was. So instead of telling it straight to his face you just post it as a status or tweet it to show on your feed or whatever medium you think appropriate indirectly telling how obscene he looks or how stupid his action was or even just how irritating his number of selfies are.

John 8

King James Version (KJV)

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

There’s not a time when I scroll down my newsfeed that I feel the urge to comment negatively on somebody else’s actions, but every time I do I think about how I’ve done something bad, though I probably didn’t let the social media world know, I did. And that’s enough for me to drop my stone to the ground.

 

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