Casting Stones!

heap of stones

 How convenient it is today to cast words like biblical stones. Words like “bigot,” “racist,” “discrimination,” “religious radicals,” “insensitive,” “culturally ignorant,” and other words and phrases used to marginalize other members of the “human condition” simply because they do not agree with a certain point of view. Ethnocentrism, sexuality-based movements, sex-specific movements, inflammatory religion-based movements, and civil rights movements that disregard the civil rights of all other peoples do nothing but divide, segregate, and further fracture the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood that we should truly be striving for under the eyes of our Creator. Freedom of Speech, a “guaranteed right” in the Constitution is only free when your speech agrees with the fashionable, politically correct, majority which, if our eyes and ears are correct in interpreting the media of today, is nothing more than the “mob.”
 Two quick quotes about the mob, from much more intriguing writers than me:
  “Rights are not a matter of numbers – and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.” Ayn Rand
  “What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.” Robert Kennedy
 An even more famous man, with much more earthly and heavenly power than any other also said some memorable, quotable things which I think are pertinent for us to us here and now:
Mark 12:29-31 (NIV):
(29) “The most important one,” answered Messiah, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is one.
(30) Love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
(31) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Matthew 5:43-45 (Berean Bible):
(43) You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
(44) But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
(45) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
 The only time, in scripture, that it was permitted to cast stones upon a person was to remove/purge unrighteousness and evil from among the Children of Israel or the Body of Messiah! Never was this a desired thing to do or a pleasurable thing, but something that was done righteously to save the Creator’s chosen people from degradation, deception, and ultimately falling from grace unto damnation. 
Three final quotes I will leave you with to remember:
John 8:7 (KJV): when they continued asking Him, He lifted Himself up and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
Luke 6:41-42 (ASV):
(41) Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?
(42) How can you say, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while you yourself fail to see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Galatians 5:22:23 (ESV):
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Shalom Aleichem! (My peace, joy, wholeness and completeness be with you!)
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