Why do we have such a hard time living victoriously since the word of God says the resurrection power of God lives in us? It seems we live in a blame-shifting society and it has become the responsibility of others for our outcome in life. The Twinkie defence has become mainstream and is now leaking into church life. Statements like “It is the pastor’s fault I am stagnating in my Christian growth. The loud music makes it too hard to praise and worship.” have become frequent excuses and so on it goes.
We see this blame game happening when God asks Adam if he had eaten from the tree of good and evil. Gen. 3:11b Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou should not eat? Adam blames God personally and also blames the woman for his own choice of eating the forbidden fruit. Gen 3:12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it. The woman blames the beguiling serpent. Gen. 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
I’m not saying I would have done any different in Adam’s place. What we see is that sin causes us to shift the blame and responsibility of our sin onto others. It seems to be our default nature. However, if we are in Christ we are no longer of that old spirit and we can now come clean because the blood of Jesus washes us from shame and blame.
Prov. 7:1 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Who is responsible for my life choices? I am responsible. God has given me a free will to choose Him over the insipid fluff the world offers twenty-four-seven. Since we are responsible for what we do in life, let us come boldly to the throne of God and admit our need for His mercy and grace to help us grow in Christ. Blessings.