The Plight of the Long Nose

Guilty! Guilty! Lock her up!

The crowd’s chanting cut her to the bone.

With a trembling hand, she tucked her black hair behind her ear and stared at the ground, shame repelling eye contact with her accusers, whose judgmental stares traveled long along the haughty nose.

Guilty! Guilty! Lock her up!

“Well, do you deny it?” snipped the prosecutor, as he dug dried blood from beneath his sharp claws. “Three witnesses testified against you. What is your plea?”

Guilty! Guilty! Lock her up!

Her bone-dry mouth and withered tongue failed her. Tears fell from her eyes upon her dusty bare feet, muddying the ground.

Her prosecutor grew impatient. “So, whimpering is your only defense? Sounds like a confession to me!” He sneered at the crowd gathered around them, intensifying their verdict.

Guilty! Guilty! Lock her up!

A stone sailed from an unknown distance and struck her head, splaying her body upon the damp ground. Blood trickled down her temple as consciousness balanced upon a thin rope. The blood invigorated the crowd.

Guilty! Guilty! Lock her up!

As hope began to drift, a merciful touch delicately wiped the blood from her cheek and grasped her hand. The executioner, she presumed. But the hand was soft and warm, not what she would expect from a man keen with a blade. Her blurry vision revealed a man in a black robe, the Judge she deduced, and her heart dropped. And yet the tears in his eyes betrayed condemnation. What sort of Judge would cry at a condemned woman wallowing in the mud of her own tears?

Guilty! Guilty! Lock her up!

The robed man gently lifted her to her feet and drew her into an embrace. The crowd grew quiet. The prosecutor grew nervous. Her spirit calmed.

“Your Honor,” began the prosecutor disdainfully. “This woman has been accused by three witnesses. Our law says she must be put to death for her crime.”

The crowd shuffled nervously in the dust.

“Indeed it does,” responded the Judge.

“So, then, you agree that this woman should receive the death penalty?”

The Judge escorted the woman to a stone wall and sat beside her, comforting her with his arm around her shoulders. He remained silent, which caused sweat to drip from the prosecutor’s long nose and temples.

“Your Honor, forgive me, but I ask again, what is your verdict? By our law, this woman should be put to death.”

The Judge examined each member of the crowd carefully then fixed his gaze on the prosecutor. “You are correct, sir, that the law does require her death. But I ask you, is there anyone here who has not violated the law? Is there anyone here who’s actions have not justified the death penalty?”

The prosecutor shifted nervously in his stance. “But your Honor, surely I do not have to remind you that we offer sacrifices to atone for our sins. This woman has made no sacrifice. We have no choice then but to condemn her.”

“Here is my judgment; if anyone here has not broken the law, let him be the one to put this woman to death.” The Judge then knelt before the woman and began to clean her muddy feet with his robe. Gasps rose from the crowd, and the woman sat in silent shock.

As the Judge took the woman’s second foot into his hand, the crowd began to disperse, one-by-one, until only the prosecutor was left.

“Your Honor . . . .”

The Judge looked up at the prosecutor as he cleaned the last spot of dirt from the woman’s foot, and his penetrating gaze robbed the prosecutor of further objections. In anguish, the prosecutor turned and walked away.

The Judge turned to the woman and said, “Is there no one left here to condemn you?”

The woman looked around her nervously. “Only you, it seems, sir.”

The Judge smiled. “Then neither do I condemn you.”

The woman broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. The Judge sat beside her and placed his hand upon her back.

“But I broke the law. Why did you spare me?”

“My grace is sufficient for you. Now go and leave your life of sin.”

The woman rose then knelt before the Judge and kissed his hand.  He smiled at her lovingly and then she walked away.

John 8:3-11

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


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24 thoughts on “The Plight of the Long Nose

    1. Ha! Yes, I have been quiet. I’ve actually typed out multiple posts only to trash them. In this political season, I have much to say, but it is so difficult not to be polarizing. While Christians are not to be timid, we are also called to unity and peace.

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            1. Yes I do. I never meant for my comments to be judgmental of any of your posts–just an explanation of why I trashed my judgmental posts. 🙂 I will definitely check out your post and respond, probably this evening.

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              1. I’m sooo sensitive. Believe me, I know that putting yourself out there like we do requires us to be thick skinned. My posts are usually pointed so, actually I am glad that I haven’t received a lot of push back. There is one topic that I am toying with but I cannot figure out how to do it without me being castigated.

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                1. Ha! I know the feeling, I’ve several major topics I’ve mulled over in my head but haven’t pulled the trigger. And one I’ve typed out several angles on and never felt like any was quite right. Feel free to shoot me an email on my contact page if you ever want pre-publication feedback.

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  1. I do not want a disdainful and lying person occupying our White House. She may be forgiven her sins, but that does not mean she should be put in charge.


    1. Don’t misunderstand the message here. This story does not endorse any candidate. I wrote it in response to the chilling chants at the GOP Convention of “Guilty!” and “Lock her up!” in addition to other over-the-top condemnation rhetoric. Such is not appropriate from a Christian perspective, regardless of the target. We will see similar antics at the Democratic Convention, I have no doubt. Christians must at all times be a witness to Christ.

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    1. But this illustrates my concern. Christians are to do what’s right regardless of the circumstances. Christians are to stand out from the world as being different, not for difference sake, but because the world commonly runs contrary to Jesus. We are to be a light to the world, not conform to it. It irks me to no end to see a self-proclaimed evangelical get behind a podium and engage in personal attack after personal attack and distort the truth. And it has spread beyond the podium like a cancer. I don’t dismiss your point about media bias, but that should not affect a Christian’s values or conduct consistent with those values. We are to be a witness to Jesus at all times.

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  2. I wish I could like this more than once. And I don’t think agreement on particulars of theology is necessary to recognize how wrong it is to spew three days of endless vitriol and condemnation against another human being when the setting is not about justice but political triumph; it’s so easy to call it “justice” when we don’t like the person. “Do good to those who persecute you” doesn’t seem very popular these days. I appreciate your call to civility in the best sense; in the Gospels, Jesus never stoked a crowd to condemn anyone.

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    1. You are spot on! Thank you for your comments. It is so surprising to me how many Christians do not grasp this very fundamental concept. It explains much of the hostility in politics–loss of compassion and civility.

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  3. I wish I know the political story here, but I’m already much concerned about the politics in my own country.
    Great post!


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