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Who’s To Blame? Not Me! 2017

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:11-13 NASB 

So that’s where it all started, at the very beginning. It’s the same story today just as it was then. The quote you hear from people today when you share the scripture is typically this; “That was then, this is now!” History does indeed repeat itself again. So what am I babbling on about you might ask? The word is ownership. Yes you read it right, ownership! Did Adam take any responsibility for the choice he made? Let’s look and see as the story unfolds. “See if anything sounds familiar.”

Notice in the Genesis verse; “The woman whom You gave to be with me.” Wow are you reading what I am? Adam, who is asked by God if he disobeyed Him by eating the fruit, (as if He didn’t know),   Adams reply; first, blaming the woman….second, blaming God all in one quick response. (this gives a whole new meaning to James 1:19) What was he thinking? That the Creator of the universe, the very same God that created him and his bride wouldn’t know the truth? First Eve is deceived then Adam rejects God’s command and to make things worse he blames his bride along with God. Not a good day!

Even then Adam had an opportunity to come clean by admitting his sin. Would it have changed the outcome if he confessed? I don’t know only God knows. What I do know is we are in sad shape because of his disobedience. Are we any different today? Do we own up to it when we say or do something wrong? From my vantage point in many instances its a BIG NO! Our society refuses to take ownership / responsibility for any bad decisions. No its his fault, its her fault, its anybody but me. 

If no one is to blame than everyone is right. There is no absolute truth, but rather a system where we are all in good standing and have our own personal set of rules we live by. Have you noticed how our justice system is being manipulated so that the criminals tend to have, seemingly, more rights than the victims. We have all witnessed trials where we as viewers hearing all the evidence were convinced the verdict would be guilty, only to find the accused acquitted of any wrong doing and set free!

Men it is so important to take ownership in all things we do and say. If  we are in a situation where we blew it, then admit being wrong and move on. Whether you are in the work place, a social gathering, or even more importantly at home with your family. Speak the truth! Be a man of integrity, good character, and you will soon find out you will be highly respected by your piers, your family, and more importantly by the One Who created you Jesus. “Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers.” Job 8:20 NASB

An example of integrity, just one of many. This is how God created us to be;

“Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.” Daniel 6:4

Adam blew it! He didn’t rescue his beauty Eve, and then he attempted to blame God and his bride Eve for everything. “Its just not my fault!” Through Jesus we have been given another chance men. Lets not repeat history, but improve upon it. Lets be the men God created us to be.  “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ‘ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Matt. 5:37. Let their be no confusion as to where we stand and who we are as Christ followers!

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!