Judging “crooked” – in horse shows and in our human hearts

Heartbreaking recent events have many marching for justice and leave us longing for what is right and sound…
The world OUGHT not be this way.

As horse show judges we’re trained to identify crooked by first recognizing what is straight.  A horse’s limb. A rider’s  approach to a fence. A lead change.

We saddle unscrupulous horse dealers with the distinction, “crooked”.  We revise rule books each year to curb the “crooked” among us – those who twist the rules.

Often, I tune in to talk radio as I’m driving. As I reflect on the range of opinions, common to all is a sense in the human heart of how things ought to be..

Before I presume to offer an assessment, a proposal to straighten the world, I feel the need to look inward at my own heart.

Scholar and atheist-turned-Christian, C.S. Lewis wrote:

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?
A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

In this world, so bent out of shape, I believe God has planted a sense of OUGHT in the human heart.
So I’ll start with what I CAN change – the bent in my own heart.  A bent toward self- importance, self-righteousness and self-preservation. And trusting the Author of Justice and God of Grace to straighten me out before I try to straighten out others.