By his great compassion [Jesus] shows that he is a religious outlaw, for as Tom Robbins says in Still Life of a Woodpecker, "Love is the ultimate outlaw." Lovingly, Jesus refuses to judge or condemn the woman [caught in adultery] for her sexual sin, compassionately placing the situation outside the sphere of the law. Refusing to condemn such immoral behavior would still be considered shameful and shocking today. Good Christians are usually expected to point out and then condemn sin, to judge sin while loving the sinner. That may sound nice, but how can we love someone while shaming him or her?

Edward Hays, A Lenten Hobo Honeymoon