“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”- Jesus. Matthew 7:4- 5. NKJV.
The blame game, a game that many of us have played or are still currently playing. Looking at the face value of this game it seems like a very easy game to play but unbeknownst to the players, it’s a very dangerous game. Of course, this game doesn’t seem that bad after all, it’s about what the other person did or didn’t do, say or didn’t say so, why shouldn’t we play? Well, am glad you asked, and I will tell you why you should never play this game.
In the above passage, Jesus explains the dangers of the blame game, but I will break it down for you. Now, let us take everything that Jesus said in the above passage literally. Imagine that you have a plank sticking out of your eye and you are trying to remove a speck out of your brother, friend, co-worker, family member’s eye, feel free to replace any of these with actual names. I can almost guarantee that you will take their eye out and yours as well in the process, and rather than trying to be helpful you would have made things even worse. I am also sure that the person who lost an eye due to your foolishness will not be too happy with you. However, if you took the time to take the plank out of your eye first, there would be no obstruction to cause any damage to the other person.
Have I convinced you to stop playing this game yet? I get it, you don’t have a plank protruding from your eye so you cannot relate, let’s try something you can see, no pun intended. God is so awesome he designs everything strategically, indulge me for a second here. Point a finger as if you were pointing it to blame someone for something, now hold it, do you see it? No? Indulge me again and count how many fingers are pointing back at you. If you point like 99% of all humans, you should have three fingers pointing back your way regardless of what direction you are pointing. If you try to bury your fingers in your palm, it’s still pointing towards you. The message that God is conveying to us whenever we make this gesture is, to examine yourself when you point a finger. The same message Jesus is conveying to us in the above passage.
The most important reason why the blame game is unhealthy is that when you blame others you give them power over you. It’s almost like you are giving away your birthright when you do this. This yanks you out of the driver’s seat in your own car and forces you to be a passenger without any input of how your car is handled. How do you think Satan became the god of this world? When God questioned Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden after Eve ate the forbidden fruit, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent didn’t blame anyone. You may say well Julien, the serpent had no one to blame, not true, he could have blamed God and he would have given authority back to where it originated but that was not his intention. Luke 4:5-6, NKJV the devil stated that all the kingdoms of this world was delivered to him. Jesus never disputed this fact with the devil because he was right. That is why Jesus who knew no sin, took the blame for us and bore our iniquities to give us the right again to be called sons and daughters of God.
No matter how hard you try, you cannot change anyone but yourself. Instead of blaming other people, take time to self-evaluate, make sure you are not a contributor to the problem and then adjust accordingly. When you take responsibility regardless of the situation, you give yourself the opportunity to make corrections. If you want to blame someone for anything blame yourself, this way you stay in the driver’s seat and you can cruise down the road at your own speed. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.
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