Misused Verses

When I think about Bible verses that society misuses, I can think of quite a few, but there is one that really sticks out in my mind. I cannot tell you how many times just in the last few years that I have heard “he who is without sin cast the first stone” misused so that as person or group in a leadership position can get out of making a big decision. Many of the other verses misused have to do with judging and about personal morals, where the person in question will use the verse to justify risqué behavior. This has to be the one that sticks out the most there.
I hope to spur some conversation, so I am not going to be very specific, but I will pose a few situations where it has been used. For one, I have heard of religious organizations and churches that had a leader or a pastor who fell into temptation and they have been charged with molesting children, committing adultery on their spouse, or committing other questionable acts. I have also heard of other civic organizations and schools where leadership gets caught in precarious situations. When those in charge are forced to step forward and make the tough decisions concerning the person’s future considerations with their group, the leadership gets weak-kneed and passes the buck. They try to hide it or sweep it under the proverbial carpet, but others know what has happened. It cannot be hid. Some are angry or upset that the leadership shows a huge lack of leadership ability, and they must take it on themselves to fix the problem. Then what happens? The leadership becomes angry because they feel that their leadership abilities (or lack thereof) are being questioned. They lash out at the ‘opposition’ and say those words… “He who is without sin…”
From what I have observed, nothing good ever comes out of this. The leadership ability of those in power will always be questioned. I mean, they did fail those below them didn’t they??? The closeness of the group and the trust and relationships become strained. That group will never be the same, even if the leadership makes the tough decision later.
I feel that we need to always keep site of who caused the problem. Was it the ones who felt that the leadership made a bad decision? Is it the leadership who wanted to pass the buck? No, it is the one who committed the offense. We must never lose sight of that. We must also wish the best for that person. After all, they do have a problem. My advice is, if you are seeking or thinking of seeking a leadership post, make sure that you are not going to cause a problem. Do not put yourself in a situation where there will be a temptation to cause a problem. Also, if you desire a leadership position, there are going to be problems outside your control that will pop up. You must make sure that you can handle it. Think of your best friend. Will you be able to make a decision against him/her? If not, don’t take on leadership. If you find yourself in the situation later, do not pass the buck. You owe it to the group to make the decision. If you just cannot do it, then you must resign. Get out. Admit you cannot do it, and allow others who can make the decision to step it and take your spot.
Do you disagree with what I have said? Do you have any other ideas? Let me know.

~EE

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  1. Ezekiel 25:17

    “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”

    It is overused by gangsters as something hard to say before they kill someone. I don’t think that was it’s intended purpose 🙂


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