“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” So the saying goes. The meaning of this phrase is that people shouldn’t criticize or judge another person for a flaw when they struggle with the same thing. I would take that definition one step further and say that none of us should ever stand in an attitude of prideful judgment over another human being seeing as we have SO many flaws in our own lives. I may not struggle with the issues you do, but I’ve got a lifetime’s worth of my own issues I should be focused on. And so do you, by the way!
Let’s look at a version of this life lesson as told by the disciple John in the Gospel of John chapter 8, verses 3-14.
Jesus is just minding his own business when the Pharisees and teachers of the law drag a woman over to Jesus and throw her at his feet. These men were always trying to trap Jesus and make him do something they could accuse him for. When they threw her at Jesus’ feet, they wanted him to condemn her because she had been caught in the act of adultery. (Does anyone think it’s weird that they all knew where this woman would be and what she would be doing? How did they all appear at the scene of the crime at the same time? The Bible doesn’t go into those details, but I watch too many crime dramas not to be suspicious of a set-up!)
But anyway, these Pharisees say that their Jewish law demands that this woman be stoned and they ask Jesus, “What do you say?”