PASTOR'S PEN: The Blame Game

By Dr. Duane Costello

Faith Fellowship Church

Have you ever played the blame-game? I'm sure you have. It goes something like this: you do something wrong and then when you are exposed, you go ahead and blame someone else instead of taking responsibility yourself.

Have you ever wondered where this game originated? It started with Adam and Eve! Most people know the story; at least part of it, but do you know the whole story?

Genesis 3:1-13 1: "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, 'yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?' And the woman said unto the serpent, 'We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God hath said, 'Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.' And the serpent said unto the woman, 'ye shall not surely die for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.' And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, 'where art thou?' And he said, 'I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.' And He said, 'who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?' And the man said, 'the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.' And the Lord God said unto the woman, 'what is this that thou hast done?' And the woman said, 'the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.'"

God instructed Adam and Eve NOT to eat of the tree and then Eve ate first and then game to her husband and then Adam ate of the tree. They both disobeyed God! They now sinned against God and now they knew what it was like to be sinful.

Next, we see that God came down to visit them like He did every evening, but this time Adam and Eve were hiding from God. They were hiding from God because they were exposed! Their sin caused them to be ashamed because they disobeyed God Almighty!

Well, here is where the blame-game was invented. God asked Adam if he had eaten from the tree that God said was off limits? Instead of Adam taking responsibility for his actions he blamed God for creating Eve. Adam said: "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." As if Eve forced Adam to eat the fruit, right? So, God asked Eve, "What is this that thou hast done?" Now, Eve joins Adam in the "blame-game" and she blames the serpent for tricking her into eating the fruit. Eve won't come clean and admit she disobeyed God either. This all led to God kicking Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden because of their sin and now mankind would die both physically and spiritually.

It wasn't God's fault! It was Adam and Eve's fault! They both knew what the rules were. They both knew what God had instructed! They both knew what was lawful and what was off limits. They chose to sin against God.

How about you today? Have you found yourself playing the blame-game? You commit sin against God, but do you try to brush it off by blaming someone other than yourself? If so, then you have just proven that you are human, just like Adam and Eve. You have also proven that you are sinful, just like Adam and Eve. Isn't it time to take responsibility for your actions and admit to God that you are sinful? Romans 10:9-10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

For believers in Jesus, we are given a wonderful promise of how to be made "right" with God once we commit sin. 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

The blame-game leaves us exposed and isolated from God. Once we find forgiveness from God we find love, joy and peace! Isn't it time to quit playing the blame-game?