As a child, adults, parents and teachers often quoted euphemisms. These indirect expressions were meant to drive home a point during a teachable moment. Whenever I appeared to be too judgmental, I heard “get off your high horse.” The point of this phrase serves as a rebuke to stop criticizing everyone. Essentially, this a warning to avoid claiming to have a superior moral ground than everyone else.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;” Luke 6:39.
In the attached You Tube scene above, a man is forced to determine the eternal fate of his two children. The only catch is one can go to heaven with the other eternally condemned to hell. The angelic being reveals flaws, imperfections and secret sins formerly unknown to this father. After a brief period of contemplation, Mack declines to go through with it, offering himself up to take his child’s place in hell.
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:11-12
After watching this powerful clip from the Shack, conviction consumed my heart. To a certain extent, I felt like I was the character in the movie, guilty of the same crime, judging others prematurely. Everyone has a reason for the behavior that they display daily. Whether its innocence lost at an early age, bad parenting or unwholesome addictions, each impacts actions, character and words. The key to getting off your high horse is developing a heart that breaks for the pain of others. May this scene and these words inspire you to see the people in this world through the eyes of Christ.
by Jay Mankus