There is an article on CNN today about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who has been convicted of adultery and is sentenced to be stoned to death. She is a mother of two. Human rights groups are trying to stop the stoning by building international pressure on Iran.
Reminds you of the time Jesus was confronted by the Jewish leaders. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” (John 8: 4,5)
Imagine being asked that question yourself. We found this man doing wrong. What do you think we should do with him? We caught her stealing. You tell me what should we do to her?
I do not know Sakineh personally. But I wish she had a chance. Her kids need that chance. The CNN report says she was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes. Mina Ahadi is the human rights activist quoted in the article who also heads the International Committee Against Stoning. She said, “Article 74 of the Iranian penal code requires at least four witnesses — four men or three men and two women — for an adulterer to receive a stoning sentence. But there were no witnesses in Ashtiani’s case.”
I guess the authorities need to hear what Jesus replied 2000 years ago. “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8: 7).
I wonder if the Iranian authorities can live up to that test. I wonder if any of us can live up to that test.
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