“The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’”–Genesis 3:12 (NIV)
Have you ever blamed someone else for your mistakes or problems? I have. I wonder why we blame others. Is it to save face? Is it because we don’t want to take responsibility for our words and actions. As humans, I think we all have the tendency to blame someone else when things don’t go quite right.
Think about the first finger pointing in Genesis 3 when Adam blamed Eve and she blamed the serpent for tempting her to eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. What happened next? God expelled them from the Garden of Eden, but only after He had prepared them some clothes. God was disappointed the two had disobeyed His instructions but He lovingly covered their naked bodies before He kicked them out.
I think when we blame others for our mistakes or shortcomings, we disappoint God. We don’t want to take the fall, especially when it might have severe consequences. When people try to hide the fact that they messed up by blame shifting, they only dig themselves a little deeper into an ugly situation. I’ve been there. There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to human nature. Buck passing has been going on since the beginning of time. Can you see how this problem has affected our country? I can. What can we do, as individuals, to end this problem? We can admit that we messed up and learn a lesson from our mistakes, instead of pointing a finger of blame like some little school child. If everyone just admitted his/her mistakes and confessed, “I messed up,” wouldn’t the world be a better place? If you agree, let me hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.