It’s your fault
Often times, many want to blame others for things that do not go their way in life. Sports fans like to blame the athletes, athletes blame the coaches and coaches blame the referees. Children blame their parents, parents blame law enforcement or the media, and, well, the media blames everyone. Our society has become one where no one takes responsibility for his/her actions. It is always someone else’s fault when things don’t go our way.
Sadly, this is the same mind set many use when it comes to spiritual matters. The homosexual blames God for “making them the way they are.” The teenagers caught up in fornication tend to blame society or their parents for their sin. The one who is mired in adultery blames the church for not being understanding to their emotional needs. Even the wavering member blames his/her lack of attendance (or other sins) on the preacher or the Eldership. The blame game has been around for a very long time. Remember Adam blamed Eve in the Garden and God for making Eve; Eve blamed the serpent, however, it was ultimately Adam and Eve’s fault for giving into the temptation. Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:12-13. It is high time we take a stand, become true adults and take responsibility for our own actions! Why, you may ask? Because one day, each individual will have to face his/her Creator without the option of playing the blame game. The inspired Apostle Paul penned “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God,” Romans 14:12. Even Peter, through inspiration, wrote “They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead,” 1 Peter 4:5.
If you or I miss out on heaven, then it’s no one’s fault but our own!
(Credit for the idea of this article given to Barry Grider, Forrest Hill church of Christ)