It is so much easier to accuse others when something goes wrong than to accept personal responsibility. And it’s not just children who make this mistake.
A popular pastime in our society is to blame others for “the direction of our country/culture.” We blame politicians, celebrities, the media, the previous generation, and other easy targets. The truth is none of these people have ever made me tell a lie, be unkind to my fellow man, or do anything good or bad. I am responsible for me. If anyone has ever influenced my decisions, it is only because I allowed them. And while I can’t control WHAT happens to me, I certainly have authority over WHO I become.
There is one other figure who often gets unfairly blamed – the devil. We all know that Satan is bad news. What we forget is that he doesn’t make us do anything. The Bible says as much in James 4:7 – “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” That puts me in control over temptation’s influence in my life. When I resist, the devil flees. By accepting this truth, I also accept accountability for the choices I make.
The blame game is easy. Sometimes it’s even fun. But it’s also incredibly destructive to my spiritual well-being and my relationships with others. Before unfairly blaming others for our misdeeds, let’s commit this week to being blessed and being a blessing by accepting responsibility for ourselves.