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The Blame Game

By Larry R. Lasiter

2010

 "The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to me, she gave me from the tree and I ate. Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' And the woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'" Genesis 3:12-13

 When the Gulf oil spill happened the environmentalists quickly blamed American drilling policies - they quickly shifted the blame and pointed at President Obama - Obama first shifted the blame to President Bush and then later to British Petroleum - BP then blamed Haliburton Co. - Haliburton blamed Transocean - Transocean blamed Superman, after all if he hadn't been on vacation he could have plugged the leak in seconds.

Superman was not going to shoulder any blame so he pointed the finger at Batman - Batman pointed the finger at Spiderman - Spiderman pointed the blame to the Hulk - but the Hulk refused to accept any responsibility and got so mad that he blamed everybody else and ran off. Of course while all the bickering and finger pointing was going on, no one was working to really fix the oil leak and the Gulf became contaminated with oil.

 The blame game is the oldest tactic in the world and is always used to deny personal responsibility and shift the blame to someone or something else. Adam was saying that the sin wasn't his fault because the woman gave the fruit to him and told him to eat. He might as well said, -"And by the way Lord, it was You who gave me this woman - so it is really Your fault." Eve blamed the serpent and defended her disobedience by claiming that he deceived her. In essence, she was saying, -"It's not my fault because the serpent tricked me - and by the way Lord, it was You who allowed the serpent access to the garden, so it is really Your fault."

 So what was God's judgment? He ruled that they were all guilty, but since he had placed the man as the head of his wife and had given him dominion over everything - he bore the greatest guilt, and all of creation was cursed as a result. The woman was made to be a co-heir and a helper but was not ordained to lead the family. It would be like the saints leading Christ instead of Christ leading the saints. We were made to follow Jesus not lead Him. He is the Bridegroom and we are His Bride. He is the Head and we were created to be the helper of His joy. One way births blessings and life and the other gives birth to curses and death.

 The famous comedian Sinbad dropped out of college after his Junior year and told his father that he didn't care about being a "success." He had hoped to become a professional basketball player but lost his dream due to an injury and had become bitter. His life hadn't gone like he wanted and he couldn't seem to stop passing the blame. He boldly declared that he wasn't "playing that game"and take money from "the man."

 His father told him that he would not allow him to come back to live at home with that kind of an attitude, so he moved into a garage on the college campus. During this time Sinbad decided to go home and confront his father, but his father turned the table on his son and said, -"Son, you blame everything that has ever happened to you on someone else. From this moment on whatever happens is your own fault!"

 Sinbad wasn't prepared to hear that. He was looking for a fight. He didn't want to hear that he was responsible for his life. He had allowed himself to become mad at God, and angrily prayed, -"I don't know why I even try to follow You! Every time I get close at getting what I want, You take it from me!"

Later in life he came to the understanding that he had been deceived into believing that his life and everything in it belongs to him instead of to his Creator. Like Adam and Eve, Sinbad had played the blame game, a game that God never plays. "For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, so that each one my be recompensed for his deeds in the Body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." (2 Cor.5)

 

 

 

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