It’s amazing how two simple words, spoken in two different speeches, can either convey criticism or encouragement.
At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama’s speech was met with criticism over comments he made regarding comparing Christianity to today’s radical Islamic terrorist acts. He used the phrase “high horse” to describe those who think this type of radical religion is somehow “unique to one group or one religion.”
He stated, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
While Obama’s speech brought criticism, there was another speech that was overshadowed which brought hope and encouragement.
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NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip gave the keynote address at the breakfast where he shared his personal testimony of how God changed his life after a near deadly crash on the track in 1983.
“What if I had lost my life that day at Daytona, what would have I done? Would I have gone to heaven or would I have gone to hell?” he said in his speech. “I thought I was a pretty good guy, but folks let me tell you something: good guys go to hell.”
Waltrip then shared how he made a life changing decision to serve Christ. “I got down off my high horse, I got down on my knees, and Dr. Cortez Cooper and Stevie and I prayed that the Lord would come into my life and forgive me of my sins and be my Lord and Savior, he stated. “And that was the greatest day of my life.”
The famous race car driver later used the “high horse” phrase to encourage others. “You don’t have to walk alone. You don’t have to carry all those burdens like it’s you against the world.” He continued, “You have to do like I did. You have to get off your high horse and get on your knees and ask forgiveness. He’s waiting for you.”
He then ended his speech with the verse from Proverbs 18:10: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
Two speeches, with the same two word phrase, but two very different perspectives.
Watch Darrell Waltrip’s speech at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast:
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