With all the riots, protests and demonstrations in so many places around the world, blaming someone else is easy. It is usually someone in authority we point the finger of blame at, but are we joining a herd response?
On a personal level, who is to blame for the fact I have not had an Internet connection for a few days?
Does it really matter?
There were many mistakes, as well as frustrations, but the start of it all was a choice I made.
Nearly every situation that goes wrong can trace itself back to a choice on our part or, in this instance, on my part. It should have moved smoothly but it did not.
The blame game
Pointing the finger and blaming someone else is not a ‘new’ phenomenon. Currently in many countries in the world there is a lot of pointing fingers of blame. It is more prevalent in recent times, but the history of blaming someone else takes us back to the beginning of recorded human history.
Most people know the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent… some blame the serpent, some blame Eve, some blame Adam.
Which of them was to blame?
My opinion? We can rule out the serpent. As it says in Genesis 3: 1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made…
The serpent did not force either of them to eat the fruit of the tree they were told not to eat. He distorted what God had said, but first the woman chose to disobey God’s instructions, then Adam also disobeyed.
They each made choices, and neither of them accepted the blame for the choice they had made.
When questioned by God later… Adam excused himself by saying “the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.” Gen 3: 12
Interesting. Adam blamed the woman… and is there a hint of blame toward God? ‘The woman whom You gave me.’ Sounds a bit as if there is.
Adam also blamed Eve. Yet Adam had been instructed by God before this incident. He should have intervened.
Was Eve to blame?
Traditionally she has been blamed, but look at her response.
She blamed the serpent. Her response to God’s question was ‘The serpent deceived me and I ate.”
In fact, neither she nor Adam took responsibility for their own actions.
Are we any different? Do we accept blame if we have made a wrong choice?
Each of us is the only one who can answer that. Can we do it honestly?
Interesting story here
If asked, how would we respond if questioned about the actions we took, or chose not to take?
Something to think about,