Casting Blame: What a Shame!

Why is it that everyone today seems to be blaming someone else?  All you have to do is catch the latest news, read through a popular magazine, or listen to some people talk about their lives.  We would have to be about as perceptive as a potted plant not to notice a growing trend in our culture:  Everybody’s a victim.

Now, at one time or another, if we are transparent, we would see and admit that we fell into this reasoning and into this way of thinking.  Hopefully it was a season, long ago.  One that we came out of and moved past.  But we have to realize that this is an epidemic here in the homeland.  People blame their lives, their upbringings, their families, and their failures on everything from bad parenting to corrupt government and politics on both sides of the aisle. from a poor educational system they were a part of to a bad church experience that occurred 20 years ago.  And the blame game is pretty effective too.  But why?  Why is this the case?  Because as long as we continue to point the finger at someone or something else, we keep the spotlight off of ourselves.  As long as we make excuses, we don’t have to change.  In fact, some argue and theorize today that we “can’t” change.  Our circumstances, they say, prevent us from getting outside the box we have been placed in.  The result then, of the blaming phenomenon, is an entire culture of complainers at home, in the workplace, and in the communities where we live and dwell.  Of course this atmosphere and environment infiltrates the church.

It is not the Father’s will that we wallow in self-pity or bitterness.  I know enough about our Lord and Savior to know that this is not His heart and plan for us.  He comes to us, as He came to the crippled man by the Bethesda pool, and asks:  “Would you like to get well?”  It is a sobering question with profound implications.  When we are ready to stop blaming and making excuses, and willing to trust and obey the Lord Jesus Christ, then and only then can we experience transformation and growth.

Let’s be sure to search our lives today.  May we allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate His truth and light so that we would know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, where we may be blaming others rather than having great faith and belief.  Here is my prayer, and I ask you to join me:  Father God, in a world and culture where most would rather make excuses and blame others than practice great faith and belief, which allows us to grow and mature, help us, help me to follow You no matter what others may think, say, or do.  Pour out Your Spirit in such a way that I am transformed for Your glory!  In Jesus’ mighty Name!  Amen.

God is love, and you are loved!

Pastor Porter

 

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