22 May LEAVE THE BLAME GAME 1
Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to BLAME. There is no such as cause-effect here, look instead for what God can do.”
One major critical factor for the problems of our world today is the “blame game” syndrome. Most people find themselves participating in this game often whether consciously or not. It is becoming a norm that whenever there are problems to be fixed in families, organizations, institutions, nations and so on, people try to look for who caused them instead of how to solve them.
Couples blame each other for their situations, children blame parents for their negligence, parents blame children for their carelessness, bosses blame staff for their lukewarmness or incompetence, citizens blame government for their irresponsibility and corrupt practices and government blame citizens for their indiscipline, and so on. People sometimes blame God for not responding to their wishes at their own pace. Just like a story in the Bible where the disciples of Jesus accused Him of not caring that they were about to be drowned by the storms as if He was the one responsible for the storm.
Steve Maraboli said “Take accountability…Blame is the water in which many dreams and relationships drown.”
However, we should not forget the fact that when we concentrate on who or what is wrong alone, we are robbed of the creativity and confidence needed to provide solutions to the challenges confronting us. The disciples of Jesus saw a blind man and they concluded that it was sin that made him so. But the response and approach of Jesus was entirely different from theirs. He didn’t get sucked into the “blame game” and He expects the same of us. How often do we judge people in a hurry because of their conditions or errors? Don’t get caught up asking what or whose sin caused your sickness, failures and challenges. Never allow what you or others should or shouldn’t have done or the reason some things happened hinder and affect you and your relationships negatively. Jesus focused on the solution instead of the situation. We are encouraged to do the same.
Michael Korda said, “Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . . In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.”
Jesus took responsibility for creating solution to that man’s infirmity and challenges. The truth is that He actually took the responsibility for all our sins and iniquities. Hence, we all need to focus only on His finished work on the cross. He paid the price for every sin in our lives and He wants to work a miracle in our bodies too. He can heal that long terminal health challenge, bring peace to that home and progress to that business if we decide to focus on Him and allow Him lead our lives. Please let Him be your Lord if you are yet to.
“When we focus on Jesus’ approach of solutions to situations instead of blames and castigations, our world would be in a better position” RSD.