(a ‘targum’ of John 8:3-11)
3 The representatives of a group of churches brought in one of their churches which was caught in the act of blessing a same sex marriage. They made it stand before Jesus 4Â and said to him, â€œTeacher, this church was caught in the act of blessing a same sex marriage. 5 In our understanding of our denominational processes, we have authority to discipline this church. We have spent two years drafting propositions to this effect, and some dare to want to edit our propositions.Â What then, do you say?â€ 6Â They were using this question as a trap, in order to ensure that the gathered assembly kept their original wording exactly intact, not a jot and tittle amended or softened, lest anyone suspect them of being soft on sin.
But Jesus walked past the microphone and sat down next to the pastor and gay delegate from the accused church. 7Â When they kept on asking him to speak, he walked to the microphone and said to them, â€œLet any church which has never blessed any other kinds of sin be the first to kick this church out of your union.â€ 8 Then again he sat down next to the pastor and gay delegate from the accused church.
9Â At this, those who heard began to lay down their voting papers one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the pastor and gay delegate from the accused church sitting next to him. 10Â Jesus motioned to the empty room and asked them, â€œChurch, where are they? Has no one kicked you out of their group of churches?â€
11Â â€œNo one, sir,â€ they said.
â€œThen neither do I shame you, condemn you, or kick you out of my family,â€ Jesus declared. â€œBut now, go and no longer bless what is sinful.â€