Well, Whose To Blame? It Must Be You, Because it Can't Be Me!

July 12, 2008 – 9:52 pm

Time is not always our friend.  As we move through life, things occur that we don’t always want to be held accountable for or to be responsible for a particular occurrence.  Yes, I know, if you are like me, it has got to be someone else’s fault because it certainly can’t be mine!  Well, maybe not all the time, but there are moments…

Anyway, we probably all, occasionally, sidestep responsibility for things that, the truth be known, originated from our own mouths or actions.  It occurred to me this morning while watching Fox News regarding the unfortunate passing of Tony Snow that not one of all the people interviewed regarding Mr. Snow mentioned a situation where he messed up or said something that he was called to task for.  Of course, you do not speak ill of those who have passed.  However, it was evident that Mr. Snow was not often caught in a situation that was unpleasant or that he had to take responsibility for causing.

I mention the above because when I have “gotten away with avoiding responsibility for a bad move on my part,” I feel some degree of relief that only I know I messed up.  Well, that is not totally true.  There are actually three of us that know my guilt, me, God and the devil.  Me, I am just relieved my ego doesn’t get injured and embarrassed because of my dumb move.  God, makes another negative mark in “The Book of Life” (Philippians 4:3Philippians 4:3
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3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.  

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) by my name.  The devil is overjoyed at my egotism and my being overly impressed with my expertise on every subject known to man.  This gives him that much more to work with.

What is really great is when I let someone else take the blame for my stupidity.  Satan has a field day with that one and I could understand if God put a asterisk beside my name for being mean and stupid.  Me, I just push my guilty conscience aside and continue to march on my merry little way.

Now, I do not think I am really a bad sort of guy, I prefer to think of myself as pretty “normal.”  But then if you put enough of us “normal” sort of people in a room there would be a lot of eyes getting poked out from all the fingers pointing at someone else while saying “It’s not my fault, it must have been him or her!”

Mr. Snow was apparently one of those rare types that willingly accepted the blame for his mistakes and attempted to correct the result of his action or inaction (remember when we avoid doing something, we are actually doing something!).  I have a feeling there are not a lot of asterisks by Tony’s name in “The Book of Life.”  

Well, why am I rambling on about this and not using a bunch of scriptures to verify the thoughts I am proposing to you.  I do not think we need scriptures to look within our own hearts and spirits and know the truth about ourselves.  (Okay, I cannot resist it): “Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32John 8:32
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32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  

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).  Whether we stretch the truth, alter it to fit our immediate need, or just totally ignore the truth, we are creating dishonesty here on earth and a black mark by our name in Heaven.  All this being true, I still ignore it, especially in the “little unimportant things.”  I was relaying a compliment to someone that was given by another individual and I sort of “spruced” up the words a little to make it sound more gratifying to the person that the compliment was about.  As I was speaking these “enhanced” words, it was if with different ears I was hearing myself speak and knew I was not telling the exact truth.  My tongue got a little thicker as I spoke, but I did not stop until I had completed the misrepresentation.  

Was it the Holy Spirit trying to alert me to my intentional inaccuracies?  Most likely.  In years past, I expanded on the truth so many times that I actually forgot the truth.  I am embarrassed to admit that until the last several years, I would have never thought twice about it.  Now, I am made painfully aware of my decieving words that never used to give me a second thought.  Maybe you never thought about any of this or maybe you don’t have this flaw in your “human nature.”  Listening to the glowing and admirable affirmations about Mr. Snow, I realized that at no time did anyone fault him for his honesty and truth.  Having been an accomplished news reporter on both radio and TV, as well as, a speech writer for President Bush senior and the Press Secretary for our current President Bush, I would imagine the truth had an opportunity to be slanted, if not changed totally.  At no time did anyone intimate that he strayed from the truth professionally.  If one can maintain his character under the stress Mr. Snow was faced with daily in his various public jobs, I would be willing to surmise that his personal integrity was equally in tact as well.

Okay, where does this leave us.  “Truth is in the eye of the beholder.”  I am not sure who originally stated this obvious fact, but it does apply, all to often, in life.  In this world our untruths or correction of a misstated truth may not seem significant to us.  However, it does to God!  Oh yes, and let us not forget Satan.  He will use each of our seemingly small errors in judgement where truth is concerned to grow our callousness to the blasphemy of truth overall in our lives.

The subversion of truth is not EVER small in nature.  It is a stain on the heart of our soul.  Listen not to Satin’s smooth consolations of “Don’t worry, it’s not important in the large scheme of things!”  Realize that untruth reaches far pass this world into Eternity and has great and detrimental effect on our souls.

If we are to immolate our Lord Jesus, then we must recognize His devotion to the Truth (John 1:17John 1:17
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17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  

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) and make every effort in THIS world to follow His Example!  

Let me finish up this week by bringing up a suggestion that was made to me.  The suggestion is that I add a mid-week edition of this Blog.  I am not sure that (what I happily acknowledge has been far more visitors than I ever imagined after three short months) you great folks can stand two editions each week from me.  I would like to hear each of your thoughts and (dare I say ;o) suggestions regarding this small reformat of the Blog.

Because of my writing schedule and family responsibilities, I am limited in the time I have available.  My thought on this mid-week edition would be to make it half or less the size of the Sunday edition.  I am not quite comfortable yet as to a format for this new mid-week effort, but I would like to make it a little different (or maybe a lot different) than the Sunday edition.  Now is your chance to nix the idea, suggest direction, and/or content for this mid-week effort.  What ever I publish this coming Wednesday or Thursday (given my schedule) is not in stone as far as content and format, so please let me hear from you over the next week or so.  Remember, whatever you put off doing decreases in value and effectiveness the longer you put it off – believe me, because I have learned from personal experience!

Until we get together again, I pray that your life and the lives of those you care for and about are truly Blessed with good health, safety, faithfulness to our God and Savior and the prosperity of the Holy Spirit!  Have a great week!

Always Love in Christ,


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