The Woman Caught in Adultery
Caught in the act of adultery, dragged naked by force into a public gathering place, humiliated by her sin, separated from anyone to protect her, judged and sentenced to death without trial by self-righteous leaders, and then placed before Jesus hoping to discredit him, is how the apostle John describes the opening scene of The Woman Caught in Adultery.
But then, something unexpected happens.
- The man who participated in the woman’s act of adultery has not been judged as the woman has. This fact speaks to privilege that men in that society had. What has been your experience with modern-day sexism or heteronormativity? What experiences have caused you to feel less privileged?
- The older ones are the first to leave… Do you feel yourself judged more by an older or younger generation?
- What are some of the charges people bring against you as an LGBT person or an ally? Who is in the crowd surrounding you with stones in hand? When have you been among the crowd ready to throw stones at others?
- When everyone leaves, what is it like to be alone with Jesus? How does Jesus cover your exposed self?
- Even though Jesus does not condemn you, do you still feel sinful as an LGBT person or as an ally? If so, what would you need to overcome this feeling? If not, how did you accept Jesus’ message of love and acceptance?
- How do you reconcile the “law” with God’s promise of mercy and new life?