Saturday 5 February 2011

Re-Writing the Gospel...

I have struggled over the last few days with whether to post a link to this blog by The Satirical Christian.  It is a re-working of John chapter 8 where a woman who has been caught in adultery is brought to Jesus for judgment.
On the one hand, it is highly relevant to events in Uganda in recent times, and shows how easily the Gospel can be re-written in our own image.  On the other hand, it is not fair to single out the Church in Uganda in this way, as all of us have the capacity to use our cultural prejudices to re-form our image of God and the Gospel - often without realising it.
However, as The Satirical Christian says "Satire is always unfair, but that is why it gets under your skin and makes you think about issues in a different way".
So here is it, and I hope that it will act a catalyst, not just for our thoughts about Uganda, but also for our own reflection and self-examination, lest we find ourselves falling into the same trap.
One day when Jesus was teaching in the Temple, the teachers of the Law brought in a man caught in adultery.
They made him appear in the national newspapers and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this man was caught in the act of adultery, and we would like the law to demand that we should stone such men.  Now what do you say?"
They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write in the ground with his finger.  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone."
Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, until one of them turned and said, "But Teacher, he was caught with another man."
Then Jesus replied  "Why didn't you say that in the first place?  Stone him - straight away, and go looking for others who have done the same thing, so that they may be 'outed' in Rolling Stone  too!"
"And when you take their funerals, remind their friends why they have been stoned, and tell them how he brought it upon himself, and how evil they all are! 
"For I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of being Gay will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who dares to be homosexual will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
And the teachers of the Law congratulated Jesus on passing their test, for confirming all their prejudices, and giving them an excuse not to consider the sin of their own hearts.
And Jesus said, "Then neither do I condemn you - go now, and be self-righteous in your sin."


  1. Thanks for the link.
    The problem with so many religious blogs is that they are designed to make ‘our truth’ clear, often the aim being to change our minds so that folks come round to our way of thinking.
    What the satirical Christian has done in this post is very clever, but it is not really satire. It works better as a parable. I guess folks in Jesus day shook their heads in bewilderment, ‘that’s outrageous! What do you mean? Do you really think that?’ve got to be kidding’

    The effect this post had on me was not to think I’m better than the Ugandan church but to reflect on about what the log in my eye might be and where my blind spots are. I hope the satirical Christian will consider writing another parable in the future. Parables work within us as we chew them over. They don’t tell us what to think

  2. Thanks for this link to The Satirical Christian, I think this post is excellent.