First Cast a Stone

I’ve not followed the recent plight of Paula Deen but my understanding is that, under oath in court, she admitted that in her past she had uttered a racial slur. Because of her truthful admission of this, possibly decades ago, she now endures public media scorn and financial setbacks from sponsors. This reminds me of a story from the Bible in John chapter 8: 

[While Jesus was at the Mount of Olives early one morning He came into the temple. All the people then came to Him and He sat down and taught them. While He taught, the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They publically sat her in the midst of the group and said to Jesus; Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. The Law of Moses commands us that such sin should be punished by death and she should be stoned: but what do you say? They said all of this, tempting Him, that they might accuse Him of blasphemy against the Law of Moses. This would then be punishable by death. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He didn’t hear them. When they continued asking He stood up and said to them; He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.]

Now let’s go back a few years or even decades in YOUR LIFE. Have YOU ever said something you regret or that you wouldn’t say today? Can you cast a stone? We need to see the manipulative effect of the media and the fickleness of both executives and marketing. Those same executives who make decisions to drop Paula Deen are no different than the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They have a singular motive and agenda and it isn’t pure, wholesome or driven by a set of core moral values. The media isn’t attempting to defend a standard of conduct or promote civility and justice. They only seek the sensational to appeal to unwitting and undiscerning audiences who are easily influenced.

Paula Deen is just like you and I. She was before a Judge and sworn to tell the truth.  She did so without hesitation and received stones thrown from those who may be equally guilty of the same things. Just like the scribes and Pharisees, the media and sponsors tempt us and want us to believe they are virtuous and without fault. They act as if they can distance themselves from themselves and consumers and the public won’t notice. After all, many will still sell offensive music and other materials that use the same word(s). So it really has nothing to do with what she said.

For me – I think I’ll skip the Food Channel and others who foolishly attempt to trick me into believing they are without sin and so eager to “first cast a stone”.


~ by Jeff Williams on July 6, 2013.

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