Who is Going to Throw the First Stone?

Have you ever wondered if there were some hidden political motives by some group when it appears that all of a sudden there are massive sets of attack articles on a given topic? I mean, we could go years with not a peep, and then day after day, articles on some genned-up topic. Case in point, the current daily stories about the NFL and spouse abuse or child abuse. The fact that the NFL’s rate of these un-excusable practices is much lower than what we see in our culture makes no difference. It is blood in the water attracting the sharks. It seems to me that people simply love to distract from what they are doing in order to go “hang” someone else. The fact that our country seems to find joy in the destruction of someone’s life is absolutely sinful. A whistleblower stating our US State Department has been doing criminal acts and messing around with underage prostitutes gets attacked inspite of 18 congressional acts to protect whistleblowers. Why are these stories being ignored and the NFL is the current target zero? While I don’t condone the things that are being accused of the NFL players, I say, let those who have not ever sinned throw the first stone (John 8:7). Who hasn’t let a word slip like Paula Dean? Martha Stewart is sent to prison for doing what is lawful for Congress to do. I believe in spanking and discipline, but never ever with anything in your hand, and never more than just one light time. I believe a man should never ever hit a woman, no matter what she does; but is that a reason to destroy a man’s life and force the owners of teams to sell their teams because of the actions of others? Our country is sinking fast into the cut-throat abyss…a deep canyon of chaos where there is no escape.

The more people “pile-on”, the heavier the weight will become that will eventually sink us as a compassionate nation, one of only a few left in the world. Can we not deal with bad actions on a local basis and nationally promote the good actions of people? I know, I have heard the lame excuse that good news doesn’t sell, well that just reflects our true materialistic sickness…we might as well continue our awful and easier tendency to throw a bloody lamb to the wolves and watch the fight!

How about the story of the Texas man who paid Chick-Fil-A a $1,000 for 88 customers behind him? How about the NFL’s 5 year veteran, David Nelson assisting Haiti in its recovery from a 2010 earthquake? We don’t hear of Nelson’s tearful reaction to a boy’s request, released from being trapped in some ruins, to simply be held. Or, Nelson and his brother adopting 9 Haitian kids, previously on the verge of death.

Yes, we should hold the bar as high as reasonable to promote goodness and be good examples to others. We must also practice and promote what Colossians 3 tells us to do; from the NIV, http://biblehub.com/niv/colossians/3.htm; and be more forgiving. As we are and have been forgiven, which is an un-measurable amount by the way, so too we should also forgive. Set your minds on heavenly things and strive for goodness and peace.

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