It Takes Two to Tango 060912
with a second short discussion of a Dietrich Bonhoeffer study.
Of course it takes two to tango. A single person dancing half of a tango, is just engaged in a silly dance.
For Jesus, in John 7, perhaps he might have thought ‘It takes two to tango’, if the tango had been invented by then, and the phrase also. Maybe Jesus was thinking ‘If this woman was caught in the act of adultery, where is the man?’ Surely, it does take two to tango, and why exactly is the woman the one who is an adulteress, but we lack stories of their male counterpart.
And here’s the difference that Jesus saw between law and justice. The law would be correct in condemning her as an adulteress, but justice says it is wrong to condemn her, because we are not also condemning the male adulterer.
Justice also demands that we are limited in our ability to judge, and condemnation is not just. Instead, justice demands forgiveness of all, and a path of peace to prevent future harm, rather than the condemnation of the law.
I pray today we learn how to be just, to not judge any other, and to learn to dance the tango. I’m joking about the tango.
Pray for peace
About Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
A German reformed minister, who opposed Hitler and the Nazis from the pulpit and everywhere else, he was arrested, sentenced to death by hanging, and held until the days just preceding the end of World War II.
I’ve been receiving e-mails from www.biblegateway.com each morning with 2 or 3 paragraphs from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings, which are amazing. I think the ‘study’ last 40 days, and you can catch up also.
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Psalm 103:1-13, 22
1Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
3who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.
7He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
8The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.
13As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
22Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.
53I will restore their fortunes, the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters, and I will restore your own fortunes along with theirs, 54in order that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all that you have done, becoming a consolation to them. 55As for your sisters, Sodom and her daughters shall return to their former state, Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former state, and you and your daughters shall return to your former state. 56Was not your sister Sodom a byword in your mouth in the day of your pride, 57before your wickedness was uncovered? Now you are a mockery to the daughters of Aram and all her neighbors, and to the daughters of the Philistines, those all around who despise you. 58You must bear the penalty of your lewdness and your abominations, says the Lord. 59Yes, thus says the Lord God: I will deal with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath, breaking the covenant;
60yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish with you an everlasting covenant. 61Then you will remember your ways, and be ashamed when I take your sisters, both your elder and your younger, and give them to you as daughters, but not on account of my covenant with you. 62I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, 63in order that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I forgive you all that you have done, says the Lord God.
53Then each of them went home,
8while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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