When someone is caught doing something they are not suppose to do, there are three common defenses. The first excuse usually sounds something like, “I didn’t know.” If you can’t claim plausible deniability, the blame game is often the next response. Finally, if this doesn’t work, there’s always one final trump card to play, “the Devil made me do it.”
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.
This pattern of denial was demonstrated by Adam and Eve after breaking the only rule in the Garden of Eden, “do not eat from the tree of knowledge, Genesis 2:17. As soon as this line was crossed, the finger pointing began. Trying to deflect who was ultimately responsible, the consequence of sin began to influence human behavior. Instead of learning from this mistake to avoid future errors, energy was wasted on finger pointing.
Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate,” Genesis 3:13.
Jesus spent his last three years on earth introducing a new way of living. This teaching involved a new covenant based upon the element of truth. Within the gospel of John, Jesus urges listeners to seek the truth which will ultimately set you free. When hearts and minds become renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit, finger pointing is replaced by acts of contrition. May a spirit of revival reverse social media’s blame game with a movement based upon solutions.
by Jay Mankus