Ever had this experience? Dumb computer, it couldn’t possibly be my fault could it? In reality, this is just a new spin on a very old problem. Take these for example: (all from NIV 1984).
Genesis 3:12a, Adam Blames God – “The woman you put here with me…”
Genesis 3:12a, Adam Blames Eve – “[S]he gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Genesis 3:13b, Eve Blames The Serpent – “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Exodus 32:24, Aaron Makes Up A Story – “[T]hey gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”
1 Samuel 15:21, King Saul Invents The Spin Zone – “The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”
My Musing – It’s your my fault God. If she hadn’t given it to me, I wouldn’t have eaten it. The Devil made me do it. Stuff happens. I thought this way would be better. And the beat goes on. Now we even have machines we can blame. And it just keeps getting worse. There seems to be little in the way of accountability anymore, a reluctance to own up to our own choices.
President Ronald Reagan (a Republican), the “great communicator” is credited with saying it this way: “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” President Harry Truman (a Democrat), whose communication style was a bit more blunt (give ’em @#*! Harry), had a plaque on his desk to remind him that “the buck stops here.” Yes, there can be bipartisanship in American politics. But I digress.
The prophet Nathan was even more blunt, than Harry. He confronted King David with “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7). In response, King David simply replied, “I have sinned” (2 Samuel 12:13a). No excuse, no rationalization, and no shifting the blame. “I,” taking personal responsibility, “have sinned,” did wrong.
Yes, we still have a sin nature. And yes, there will be times we will still make sinful choices. But instead of making excuses, instead of shifting the blame, instead of spinning the story, let’s own up to it. It is called confession and repentance.
In response to King David, “Nathan replied, ‘the Lord has taken away your sin'” (2 Samuel 12:13b). The same result is still available to us today. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).