The Blame Game

Jim Coyle

“Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”  Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  Genesis 3:11-13

Blaming God or someone else for a bad situation is a common practice that goes back to the beginning of mankind.  In fact, it has become something that our society often encourages.    Here are some examples:  Someone speeding down the highway, runs off the road at a curve, and sues the city for having a curve in the road (this actually happened in the city where I worked).   We have a continuous conflict in our government because the Democrats blame the Republicans, and the Republicans blame the Democrats, and nothing gets done efficiently.

When I was working as a police officer, I encountered many situations where this took place.  I can't think of any family disturbances when one party didn't blame the other.  Many of the individuals that I arrested told me of problems caused by society or someone else that forced them to break the law.  On very rare occasions, someone would admit that they made a bad choice, but usually their real sorrow was just that they got caught.

The only way for us to come to God with true repentance is for us to admit our bad choices or actions and then ask God to forgive us.  Then we can continue our Christian journey with a clean heart and a right attitude.

Change My Heart O God

Change my heart oh God, make it ever true
Change my heart oh God, may I be like You

You are the potter
I am the clay
Mold me and make me
This is what I pray

Change my heart oh God, make it ever true
Change my heart oh God, may I be like You

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