“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders." (John 8: 2-11)
For some, aging brings a critical, cynical, judgmental stance. Well (with a huff)... When I... In our day... However, in this poignant story from John, the elders recognize their own sinfulness and the truth of Jesus' words. They quietly turn and leave. In so doing, they create a safe conditions for others to follow suit. If the elders can set aside their egos, reputations, and own their sinfulness, so too can the younger members of the community.