The Blame Game…
The Blame Game has been around since the Garden of Eden. “Then he asked, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’ The man replied, ‘The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ So the Lord God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:11-13, CSB)
Adam could have given God a straight forward answer and said, “Yes.” But instead what he chose to do was blame it on Eve—“it’s because of the woman you gave me.” And, in turn, the woman blamed it on the serpent—“the serpent deceived me and I ate.” As Erwin Lutzer put it, “Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the serpent; and the serpent didn’t have a leg to stand on!” In the end, however, both were really blaming God for their behavior and their choices.
You see it’s an age-old problem for humanity. Instead of assuming responsibility for our behavior, it is easier to assign blame. Will Rogers once remarked that we have moved from the passing of the Buffalo to the passing of the buck!
As I write this column, I am looking at a book from my library written in 1973 by then, world famous, and humanistic psychiatrist, Dr. Karl Menninger titled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” It was the result of Dr. Menninger’s many years of applying psychiatric therapies to people with various issues, that did not require them to take responsibility for their behaviors. He noted finally that many of his therapies merely enabled his patients to assign blame to their issues without changing their behaviors. From this, along with his frustration at seeing no improvements, he concluded that there really is such a thing as “sin” and that only when a person identifies, admits and takes responsibility for it, is there hope for renewal and inner healing.
But none of this is news to God. In fact, this has been the way of restoration and renewal from the beginning. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Further, Jesus did not die for the perfect. None of us would have qualified had that been the case. He died because of our imperfection—our sin, of which all of us qualify (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). By our fallen nature we are prone to wander from God, we are prone to blame other things for our distance from God. Only when we stop blaming and take responsibility for our sin can we restore our soul in fellowship to God. And that is what our current series is all about… Restoring our Soul and passion for God. Today I’ll share another message from Psalms full of God’s counsel on how to keep our Soul’s filled with the joy of our salvation.
Thanks to all of our… VBS workers who gave and gave of themselves to the children this past week. The Kingdom of God has been enlarged by the salvation of many little ones! I am so grateful for your time and sacrifice.
New Deacon Nominations… our annual nomination process will begin soon. Pray about whom you might feel led to recommend. Forms and instructions will be available soon. May God bless you real good today! And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,