I read an article this morning about a pastor who has “cursed” while speaking to his church. It was an interesting article because a very conservative evangelical pastor from the west coast is calling for the “cussing” pastor to resign and leave the ministry. Of course with on-line technology this was a post that allowed for additional comments and there were more than a few. I am amazed that we spend so much time commenting on stuff like this and so little time focusing on what really matters (and yes I know that I am doing the very same thing). It makes me really curious what Jesus’ response would be to the situation. I wonder if it would be similar to the response of John 8:1-11. Some ultra-conservative religious leaders bring out a woman who was caught in sexual misconduct. The leaders of course were trying to trap Jesus, not really to find a just way of dealing with the woman. Jesus simply wrote something in the ground that sent the leaders on their way.
Are we simply missing the point ourselves? Are we trying to trap Jesus into our interpretation and religious piety? Frankly, I think it is dangerous ground to judge anyone outside of their context and situation. Personally, I do not see the need to be overtly crude or offensive but that does not mean that we avoid the tough topics. Jesus has alot to say that can be informative for today and to help us deal with the turmoil we are experiencing. I hope we can find our way back to a common vision of loving God passionately, re-discovering and engaging our neighbors, and serving the world with peace, justice and healing. If we don’t then I believe we will act no better than the religious leaders of Jesus day.