Centuries ago, a woman was caught in adultery and brought to Jesus by a group of men to see what his response would be. Oddly, contrary to the Mosaic law (Leviticus 20:10), only the woman was brought; but Jesus’ response was classic:
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7b KJV
Jesus then stoops and writes on the ground. What did he write? Because every single accuser leaves. Some have supposed he wrote names, or even their sins. Regardless, their own sin convicted them leaving them unable to follow through on casting the stone.
Today, the news has been bombarded with women coming forward and naming their harassers. Just recently women were participating in the “Me Too” campaign, where women speak out that they too have been the victims of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment and assault allegations have been made against various public figures, from Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes (deceased), Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, President Donald Trump and Senator Al Franken. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush have also been named as those accused of this bad behavior. I know there are more, and probably more will be named, but will anyone be left standing? If Jesus were to begin writing, will anyone be found guiltless?
Let me say this, I agree that it is necessary to have workplace harassment laws, and that women and men ought to be free from harassment in the workplace. In fact, in my former work life, I used to be my department’s Equal Equal Employment Officer, where I was responsible for ensuring anti-discrimination and harassment policies were in place and enforced, providing training, and investigations of complaints.
I guess I’m wondering why only this sin is being singled out?
What should be the response of Christians?