Let's take a look at some ways we throw stones today.
Have you ever had a discussion about someone behind closed doors with another party/parties with the intention to prove your point, to make them look bad because they hurt your feelings or did something you didn't like? Did you rally up as many of your friends, relatives and forces to come against that person with the intention of proving your point and disproving theirs? Now I fully understand that if it does affect you, personally, it is important to find ONE person who will help you be accountable to handling the situation through scripture, and point you to Christ to get that need out into the light and trust God with the answers and the resolve. But what spirit did you present it in? Did you call it "venting"...just something you needed to get off your chest before you did or said something you might regret? - Yes, I've used this same exact excuse...so I know the danger of pretending this is why we do it. Call it what it is, you are throwing stones at them.
Do you watch the news lately, or politics and find yourself picking sides between Republicans and Democrats, Fox News and CNN? Do you find yourself in conversations about political matters, news matters and rallying up forces to side on those of your opinions and beliefs? Did you narrow your view of a person because of their current belief system and group everyone in that party or news room under one tent? Did you use the excuse that you watch all this stuff to "stay up with the world and what's going on?" How much time do you invest staying up with the WORD and what's going on there, and then using that knowledge to address anything that presents itself before you? Do you really need to stay up with all that stone throwing, or would it be best to be a slave of Christ? Those that fight by the sword, die by the sword. That means that however you choose to live will be the same thing that controls your life.
Do you find yourself going on social media to "see what everyone is doing"? Do you find yourself enjoying posting your opinion on hot topics, or if your not bold enough to put your name to it, do you show others in your circle the post and then start a discussion about it? Did you ever unfriend someone because you didn't like what they posted? Did you have a disagreement over a social media post? Did you cast that person out of your circle? Do you find yourself casting an opinion about someone without talking to them personally because of what someone else said or did on social media? I'm just wondering, is that casting stones?
One last thing, did you ever say to yourself or someone else. "They are nothing but drama"? "I don't have time for that or for them"? My question is... did you find enough time before you cast them out to find out what is causing their drama, their bitterness, their negative ways and did you share God's truth of hope, of healing and of love with them? My friends, there is so much more than giving money, and going to church on Sundays to work in God's fields. There is hard work to do, that no one else is willing to do and many times this work will involve getting involved to share truth where it is unwelcomed, unwanted and uncomfortable. This work will not earn your salvation, but it may be the thing that will help others find their own and break free from the bondage that enslaves their lives.
If you've read this and find yourself with a little resentment or disagreement or even offense after doing so, I understand, I've spent years feeling worthless at some of the things people said to me. Re read it, and read it asking yourself, does living like this, any of this, please God? We are not like those that believe that killing others pleases God...we believe that restoring them to Him, pleases Him. What does God say?
John 8:7 New International Version (NIV)
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”