The Richmond Register

June 19, 2013

LOVE A GOOD STORY, BUT SHUN THE BAD

By Rose Miller
Columnist

Northside — I love a good story as well as the next person. However, what if the story you hear has occurred at the indiscretion or thoughtlessness of a known acquaintance or friend, in public?

As a Christian, what is a person to do? Laugh at the misjudgment or erroneous actions of one of your colleagues or friends, who had made the mistake, or refuse from tittering, showing the bearer of the tale your distain at the tittle-tattle and refuse to pass on what a so-called friend has just dumped into your lap.

That’s exactly what happened to Jesus, when the scribes and pharisees brought a woman to him caught in adultery, in the very act.

“Here Master, now she has to be stoned to death, as the Old Testament ordains,” demanded the scribes in the Gospel of John, chapter eight.

Jesus begins to write in the sand with his finger, never looking up at her accusers. He simply stated, “Those of you who are without sin cast the first stone.”

Of course we know the ending of this biblical story. Everyone went away, because there was not one present without sin.

This teaching should show us that it isn’t prudent to repeat something someone might have said or done under pressure, when they would never have acted that way at any other time.

We all make mistakes! After all, we are only human. Let’s all work at trying to be more forgiving and be ready to help a friend or collogue that may just need support and assistance instead of backbiting.

Don’t forget Tates Creek Baptist Church is conducting vacation Bible school June 19-21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On June 23, the youth will be leading morning worship service, performing a musical skit and serving communion.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Robin Baker, June 10, and Amy Burns, June-18. Happy birthday to Gary Sparks, Sunday.

Happy anniversary wishes go out to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Barton, June 17, and Ralph and Susie Stevens, June 18, who have been married 40 blessed years.

I certainly pray God’s blessings on all of you, and may your special days be blessed with many friends and much family.

The North American Christian Convention will take in Louisville this year July 9-12. The Mount Pleasant Christian Church is planning to take a bus for one night of the convention.  Contact Elder Ronnie Richards at the church for departure time.

The old adage for this week is: “Let sleeping dogs lie.”

Please contact me with your own old saying, and I will be pleased to use it and give credit to the person who sent me the message.

Contact me with church and community news and any special days. You may call me at 527-0411, or e-mail me at karenquinn@roadrunner to leave specific messages.

Until next week, may God bless you and yours.