Wednesday, June 25, 2008

12 Sins We Blame on Others

Here is something I read on John Pipers blog. It was one of those times I felt like this was written for me and some of the people I know. I follow with some comments so continue reading

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12 Sins We Blame on Others
June 25, 2008 | By: Ben Reaoch
Category: Commentary

The following is a guest post by Ben Reaoch, pastor of Three Rivers Grace Church in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

It started in the Garden. Adam said to God,

The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate. (Genesis 3:12)

The first man, caught in the first sin, turns to blame his wife. And he extends the blame to God as well! He implies that he would have remained innocent if God hadn’t put Eve in the garden with him.

The blame-shifting in the Garden continues today. Our proud hearts send us desperately looking for someone else to point to every time we’re confronted with our own sin. There must be someone else—our spouse, sibling, parent, boss, co-worker, pastor, friend, or God, himself.

We are so desperate to justify ourselves that we become irrational. Here are 12 examples.

1) Anger

I wouldn’t lose my temper if my co-workers were easier to get along with, or if my kids behaved better, or if my spouse were more considerate.

2) Impatience

I would be a very patient person if it weren’t for traffic jams and long lines in the grocery store. If I didn’t have so many things to do, and if the people around me weren’t so slow, I would never become impatient!

3) Lust

I would have a pure mind if there weren’t so many sensual images in our culture.

4) Anxiety

I wouldn’t worry about the future if my life were just a little more secure—if I had more money, and no health problems.

5) Spiritual Apathy

My spiritual life would be so much more vibrant and I would struggle with sin less if my small group were more encouraging, or if Sunday school were more engaging, or if the music in the worship service were more lively, or if the sermons were better.

6) Insubordination

If my parents/bosses/elders were godly leaders, then I would joyfully follow them.

7) A Critical Spirit

It’s not my fault that the people around me are ignorant and inexperienced.

8) Bitterness

If you knew what that person did to me, you would understand my bitterness. How could I forgive something like that?

9) Gluttony

My wife/husband/roommate/friend is a wonderful cook! The things they make are impossible to resist.

10) Gossip

It’s the people around me who start the conversations. There’s no way to avoid hearing what others happen to say. And when others ask me questions, I can’t avoid sharing what I know.

11) Self-Pity

I’ll never be happy, because my marriage/family/job/ministry is so difficult.

12) Selfishness

I would be more generous if we had more money.

Making excuses like this is arrogant and foolish. It’s a proud way of trying to justify our actions and pacify our guilty consciences. And it keeps us from humbling ourselves before God to repent of our sins and seek his forgiveness.

Consider James 1:13-15, which leaves us with no way of escaping our own sin and guilt. We cannot blame God, for he “cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”

Instead, we have to accept the humbling truth that “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” This will end the blame game, and it will send us pleading for Christ’s mercy and grace."


Robert's Comments:

Its funny because I have heard people (including myself) blame others for their sin problem. For men its specifically #3. I always hear "well it was easier in bible times, they didn't have all these beautiful women, T.V. and the Internet." Every time I hear this I almost agree until I remember some things I learned about the biblical culture.

In Biblical times they actually had it worse! Not only did they have nude imagery painted and carved onto walls they also had the real thing! The Greco-Romans had many Gods. One of which was a fertility God. The cults that formed around this fertility God had orgy's and did many other sexually impure things. Not to mention the temples themselves were full of prostitutes and prostitution was actually LEGAL and affordable in Ancient Rome. you can read more about this here.

Not to mention all the stories we read about sexual impurity occurring in the Bible itself . Heres a few to note,
In the O.T. the Men of Sodom, Lot's two daughters, Shechem raped Diana, Onan spilled seed, Tamar enticed Judah, Samson & a Prostitute, David with Bathsheba, Amnon raped half sister, Absolom's public sex.
In the N.T. the Samaritan's six men, Adulterous woman forgiven, Woman who washed Jesus feet, Corinthian & man sleeps w/ fahter's wife, and Jezebel.

It just goes to show you that we are sinners by nature and there is no "perfect" situation were we can sin-less. But I will add that if the T.V. and/or the Internet cause you to fall into sin. Don't use them!!! Read a book or something!

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