Get Off the Dead Horse


“If the horse you’re riding dies, get off. “

Seems simple enough. When something doesn’t work, find a better way. Unfortunately in the religious world, being ruthlessly pragmatic is not a often embraced value. Instead, we often choose from an array of other alternatives which include:

1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Trying a new bit or bridle.
3. Switching riders.
4. Moving the horse to a new location.
5. Riding the horse for longer periods of time.
6. Saying things like, “this is the way we’ve always ridden this horse”.
7. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
8. Arranging to visit other sites where they ride dead horses more efficiently.
9. Increasing the standards for riding dead horses.
10. Creating a tests for measuring riding ability.
11. Comparing how we’re riding now with how we did ten or twenty years ago.
12. Complaining about the state of horses these days.
13. Coming up with new styles of riding.
14. Tightening the cinch.
15. Blaming the horse’s parents. The problem is often in the breeding.

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