Jesus Wouldn’t Care About Tilted Kilt

Posted: May 31, 2013

Recent expressions of moral outrage at the opening of the Tilted Kilt in Harrisonburg bring the mind the gospel story of Jesus and the accused adulteress.

In contrast to the laser-like and often prurient focus on matters involving alleged sexual misconduct characterizing both the Pharisees of Jesus’ time and 21st century people, Jesus appears oddly detached, even unconcerned: “Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.”.

Jesus delivers the woman from a mob stoning by inviting “that one .… who is faultless” to throw the first stone. He thereby introduces the notion of shame to the self-righteous individual.

Importantly, he suggests that the creation of a better world begins with scrutiny of one’s own motives and conduct rather than with condemnation by mob acclamation.

John Clem

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