Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Casting the first stone from my high horse

or ways to avoid rushing into judgement…
why I'm putting Trigger out to pasture  twixt downs and sea
I have a sad tendency towards judgement. Being judgemental.
And even worse, although I know it’s wrong, sometimes it feels so right.
I tell myself it’s righteous anger against injustice or whatever, but it’s not.
It’s things that annoy me but I have no intention of doing anything about. I’m quick to anger, not about big things but things like shorts in church, hats indoors, bad manners, people who let their toddlers take up seats on the bus when older folk are standing.
So prone am I to jump on my high horse and condemn other people that said high horse has a name and my husband is prone to make clopping noises and call for Trigger. Which does make me feel a bit ridiculous…
Faced with the adulterous woman of John 8 I know my first impulse would involve tutting and condemnation. And I suppose the Pharisees expected the same of Jesus. But what he did was such a great example…
Ways to avoid rushing into judgement:
Firstly Jesus took time. ‘But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.‘ I am awfully prone to rush into judgement on things that don’t concern me. To leap onto that high horse. It would be good to stop and think.
Then,  reflect on your own sins, not those of others. Next, of course Jesus says “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  And it just makes it so simple, so obvious really.
And ask for wisdom, for discernment. The Bible says that At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, This gives me a bit of hope that more wisdom may come with age!
Choose to show love. In the words of St Paul and in the translation I learnt as a child, love ‘is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.’ Ouch, that rejoiceth not in iniquity stings a bit.
And exercise grace. When Jesus speaks to the woman he makes it clear he doesn’t condemn her. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t condemn the mum on the bus either. Or the teenager at church in her shorts. I’m trying to trade Trigger for Grace. To deal with the plank  in my own eye. Time to put Trigger out to pasture.
linking with Jen and Michelle.


  1. Ah, I too, can be much like the older son in the prodigal story.

    Time for all the horses to go.


    1. oh yes. I can identify with him as well...

    2. So well told! I encountered "the women and the stones' in a lesson related to the book of James. Our Lord's example is so plainly clear and told in more than one place. In every case we are to put down the stones and get off the high horse.

  2. I think that the first step to curing judgmentalism is the recognition that we need to step off that high horse:) I enjoyed the vehicle of choice to get your point across:):)

    1. yes, although it was annoying to have someone being funny when I was into a righteous rant, it has helped me recognise where I need to change. Thank you for your encouragement.

  3. I love this. So practical and so scripturally sound. I want to pay this much attention to everything Jesus says. Sharing on Twitter under #sdgsisters.

  4. I am learning to be less judgmental. I used to be very very bad. But I like your first practical way to stop this: Firstly Jesus took time.

    Yes - let's not hurry to make up our minds about someone. Let's take our time. Discernment is good - but it takes time, study, prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit.

    Great post,
    Janis www.janiscox.com



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