Rushing to conclusions

Jesus said “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24, ESV).

We know we’re not supposed to judge by appearances. We might struggle with it sometimes, but we know it makes sense. Never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, the same goes for people.

Jesus’ statement comes on the heels of being repeatedly criticized. He knew what it was like for people to take one look at him, or to hear one or two half-truths about his background, and dismiss him out of hand.

Here’s what I’ve noticed. Very rarely do people rush to the right conclusions. They might rush to the wrong conclusions, but not usually to the right ones. 

It takes time to learn about someone. To discover what they’re dealing with or who they really are. Appearances can be deceiving.

I recently heard that world-class orchestras have a certain way of holding auditions. They have musicians audition behind a screen. That way the people doing the judging and hiring aren’t distracted by what they may or may not see. They need to listen and hear first.

I think that’s a wise word for us as well.

Very rarely do people rush to the right conclusions.


–“The H.A.L.O. Response.” Sermon based on this same text. July 10, 2022. Click here.

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