I’m not much for commenting on politics, and this will not be a systematic approach to solving the worlds political problems. However, I was reminded the other day listening to President Obama blame everyone else but himself for the government shut down that people love to play “The Blame Game”.
Why am I surprised? I don’t like to take the blame for things… I often look for other “reasons” for my troubles and/or my transgressions.
I’m reminded of the sermon I just preached in our Story series about humanity’s separation from God. Adam and Eve both blamed others (Eve blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve) for their blatant disobedience to the simple instruction God gave to eat as much fruit from any tree in the garden except one.
They both blew it and blamed it on everyone but themselves.
What about you? Do you play the blame game? Is it everyone else’s fault that your life is where it is? Or that you find yourself in a particular spot that you didn’t really ask to be in?
I don’t know how to get the government back on track, but here is what I do know.
As long as we have people in leadership the blame game will be played. It will always be someone else’s fault, because the natural inclination for most of humanity is to deflect the responsibility… and sadly it’s much more acceptable to play the blame game than admit to a mistake.
That’s where the gospel comes in… this is actually the truth of the good news.
We can all stop playing the blame game, because Jesus said it doesn’t really matter who’s fault it is.
He is a giver of grace no matter who is to blame and that’s the kind of leadership we need in our lives and in this country.
At some point the blame is not as important as the need for a solution. I’m so thankful God thinks this way and rescues us in-spite of where the blame lies.
I think our leaders could learn a thing or two from Jesus, what about you?