It started in the Garden. Adam said to God, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate. (Genesis 3:12)
The first man, caught in the first sin, turns to blame his wife. And he extends the blame to God as well! He implies that he would have remained innocent if God hadn't put Eve in the garden with him.
The blame-shifting in the Garden continues today. Our proud hearts send us desperately looking for someone else to point to every time we're confronted with our own sin. There must be someone else—our spouse, sibling, parent, boss, co-worker, pastor, friend, or God, himself.
We are so desperate to justify ourselves that we become irrational. Here are 12 examples.
1) Anger--I wouldn't lose my temper if my co-workers were easier to get along with, or if my kids behaved better, or if my spouse were more considerate.
2) Impatience--I would be a very patient person if it weren't for traffic jams and long lines in the grocery store. If I didn't have so many things to do, and if the people around me weren't so slow, I would never become impatient!
3) Lust--I would have a pure mind if there weren't so many sensual images in our culture.
4) Anxiety--I wouldn't worry about the future if my life were just a little more secure—if I had more money, and no health problems.
5) Spiritual Apathy--My spiritual life would be so much more vibrant and I would struggle with sin less if my small group were more encouraging, or if Sunday school were more engaging, or if the music in the worship service were more lively, or if the sermons were better.
6) Insubordination--If my parents/bosses/elders were godly leaders, then I would joyfully follow them.
Part 2 tomorrow--
Wednesday, August 19
12 Sins We Blame On Others--Part 1 of 2
The following is thanks to Ben Reaoch, pastor at Three Rivers Community Church in Pittsburg, and found on Desiring God blog.