I have read this thread and I can only conclude that you came here looking to be offended. I’m a pastor candidate— in my fourth year of seminary. I love reading the original Hebrew — the original Greek I’m not so great at. But I digress.
The original purpose of this Advent series was to lament, repent, and deconstruct the sins in which we live. In which we all participate, in which our entire society is constructed. Sins like racism, gender binarism, transphobia, xenophobia, colorism, classism, queerphobia, White supremacy, Christian supremacy, sizeism and I could continue.
These are sins in the fullest sense of the word — social sins, personal sins, structural sins. These are the sins that Jesus warns us about when he calls out the brood of vipers — the leaders of the day who valued conformity to the prescribed religious devotion over the recognition of a prophet in their midst.
The author of Isaiah warned against and preemptively mourned these systems in the 32nd chapter of the book of Isaiah when it is written
“Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice;
you complacent daughters, listen to my speech.
In little more than a year
you will shudder, you complacent ones;
for the vintage will fail,
the fruit harvest will not come.
Tremble, you women who are at ease,
shudder, you complacent ones;
strip, and make yourselves bare,
and put sackcloth on your loins.”
God came in a tore down their ways of living and being in the world. It was rough — it was in no way fun. But it came from God, through the Prophet Isaiah.
In John, the woman found violating the community norms regarding acceptable and unacceptable sex partners- Jesus gave new community standards — Let the one entirely free from sin throw the first stone.
And suddenly, all the stones disappeared — when we point at other people with stones of words, our own hearts end up taking a pummeling.
You are clearly also struggling with harming yourself by the lack of compassion you have for others — so please know that God loves you. She loves you more abundantly and vibrantly than you could ever imagine. He sits with us when we cry. Fae invites us to join in faer work, and through it all, God uses us to set each other free.
Come join us — it’s a journey. It’s a long, convoluted journey, but God welcomes us on it. I welcome you on it.