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July 22, 2018, 5:27 PM

Play the game?



I hope and pray you have a great week! It’s going to be hot I am afraid.

I had fun last week in the home of one of the youngest members of our church family. I made the mistake of commenting on the state of her room, she had obviously been very busy! Her comment was instant and definite; blame her older brother, “It’s his fault.” It was funny, now I’m sure she had some help, but it reminded how early in our lives we learn to blame others. I often wonder how much I have had to and need to, un-learn.

When I was a child I always had someone else to blame, with my three brothers and a sister right there! I admit, sometimes it worked, and other times it failed miserably. I find it still difficult to simply admit, it’s my fault.

Ever since the beginning humans have had trouble with accepting responsibility; it seems to be hard wired in all of us. It didn’t take long for that particular trait to be displayed. When God asked Cain where his brother, Able was we are way too familiar with his reply. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” One of the reasons we do that is….. well sometimes it works and we can fool each other. I could even go back further, Adam tried to blame God, and Eve blamed the snake. Of course none of us will ever fool God. So I have to understand, if I can’t fool God, (and I can’t) what should I do?

I admit we all play at least a little bit the “blame game”. I suspect this has happened to us all; I have been blamed for lots of things, some I deserved and others I did not. Here is some truth; it’s not healthy to play the game. If they had just done something different, I tell myself, I would not be in the mess I’m in. Blame hurts. So whether guilty or not, we waste lots of time and energy trying to find someone else to carry IT for us.

Jesus offers us a better way to deal with blame. Even though He was blameless, He took upon Himself the sin of the world and carried it away (John 1:29). We often refer to Jesus as the sacrificial lamb, but He was also the final scapegoat for everything that is wrong with the world (Lev. 16:10).

Once we acknowledge our sin and accept Christ’s offer and allow our sins to be washed away, we no longer carry the weight of our guilt. We can stop looking for someone to blame for what’s wrong with us, and we can stop accepting blame from others who are trying to do the same.

Do you know you can stop playing the game? Jesus takes care of that for his disciples. I just pray for God’s help to learn this; when I am at fault, confess it, and to stop looking for someone else to blame. Thank you Jesus.

I love you all, Philip

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