When Jesus Christ was brought a woman caught in adultery, He had only one sentence for those wanting to stone her ; He who casts the first stone must be without sin. They were powerful words and they brought results.
As we await further news of a Sri Lankan woman condemned to be stoned to death for adultery, it isn’t only the Christians who recall the powerful words of Our Lord. On social media, many non-Christians have been sharing the gentle but firm, power packed words of Jesus Christ in the face of a human being condemned.
It’s a hurting world. There is enough abuse we read about every day. There is so much to hang our heads in shame. A little forgiveness can go a long way. A little pardoning can mean the world to someone. Which would we choose today – choose to forgive or to carry the stone?
It is the 21st century. On one hand, ISIS is bent on a killing spree of crucification, selling children as sex slaves and deploying crude and barbaric methods of executing people. On the other, Saudi Arabia is enforcing stone age punishment methods. Where is the progress we have made as a modern civilization? Those who reject the justice and fair play that Judeo-Christian civilization fostered upon some of the world’s most advanced civilizations, in pursuit of free-for-all politically correct but hopelessly imbalanced agendas, where are your voices? Simply put, there’s nothing the modern world can offer to counter the barbaric methods deployed by these modern day sadists.
For all the talk of equality between the sexes, between the haves and the have nots, we have not come full circle, or so it seems. Not when those in the Middle East have deliberately chosen to turn the wheel back. Where are the voices that rose against the Lord’s Prayer being displayed as an advertisement in theatres? Where are the free and the liberal whose life’s goal is to ensure equality for all?
I will not even touch on Paris and California attacks – that is another subject altogether. But those who have taken up the rallying call of the atheists, the LGBT community and gender issues, need to also make sure their voices are heard over and above the din of ISIS and stones being cast to kill a human being in Saudi Arabia.
We live in a dangerous world. A world in which one civilization has the liberty to consider a sex change for a child as young as six while the other does not even have the liberty to drive a car without being accompanied by a male relative. Two extremes, both dangerous but where and how do we draw the line?
For the West, this is a moment of truth – one that powerfully suggests that the politically correct era is ending, sorry about that, but consider going back to the values, the traditions, the thinking that powered their civilization to great heights. And until and unless that happens, the West as we know it, with its foundation based on the Judeo-Christian values, may no longer be viable.
Whether ISIS or the stone throwing Saudis, the world must unite to declare that we have established parameters that have been enforced for a greater part of history.