Who condemns?

Yesterday in his guest article, Ash Cunningham wrote:

This week Karen Ingala Smith published research detailing the ‘Femicide’ statistics in the UK, including the 81 women killed by men since the brutal murder of Sarah Everard.

As Ingala Smith herself points out, neither the police nor the government have analysed the data, it has taken, in her words, “a random northern woman in east London” to gather evidence via FOI requests for us to know that nearly two thirds of women killed by men are killed by a current or ex-partner and at least a third of those were trying to leave. This would seem like relevant data for the police and government to collect, no? The reason I’m closing there is to point out that we as a society will not research on behalf of women if there is the slightest chance we won’t like the outcome… but if men stand to benefit, we’ll research the heck out of it.

Ash Cunningham https://faithroot.com/2021/10/05/taking-the-man-out-of-mandatory-vaccines/

A few weeks back I did a little survey about what pastors talk about. I was including sermon applications in that of course, but I also meant wider than that. I meant that in our day to day conversations, in the one off topical seminars we run, in discipleship and in what we write about on Facebook, twitter and blogs, where do we give our attention. What do we address.

One of those topics I asked about was to do with heterosexual relationships. I will be talking about that more generally in the follow up series about “When did you last hear a pastor…”

However, it strikes me that part of that question needs addressing all by itself, the issue of women experiencing silencing, invisibility, shaming, violence, sexual violence and abuse. It’s an issue that the Bible doesn’t shy away from, there’s the horrific story at the end of Judges, Lot’s daughters in Sodom, the Tamars and Bathsheba. Then there’s the accounts of Jesus meeting a woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery.

Now, whenever I preach, I’m aware that there are people listening for whom these issues are not hypothetical, they have experienced rape, abuse, the threat of FGM, neglect and perhaps that reality gives a sense of right apprehension when handling sensitive topics. However, one of the reasons why I think we shouldn’t rush to exclude John 8:1-11 from our preaching is that it is so tempting to skip over the difficult stuff. And yet, I firmly believe that we must allow God’s Word to disagree with us.

So, with that in mind, here’s today’s #TheDailyDose on John 8:1-11 and the woman “caught” in adultery.

You can also listen back to yesterday’s talk where I addressed the question of John 8:1-11’s place in the cannon and our confidence in the reliability of Scripture.

If you are interested in writing something on this specific topic, I’m open to guest posts as well