There is an epidemic in our country that seems to have infected everybody. No, it’s not Flu A. It’s not Flu B. It is not a new parasite, though it does have similar effects. This ethic-wrenching, moral-decaying sickness is the inability to own up for your decisions.
We’re all susceptible. We’ve all been infected at one time or another. We give a reason for a choice that’s not really the reason. Instead of just owning up to the fact you don’t want to do something, you come up with another reason that feels and sounds plausible but is not. The old saying is that “You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all the time.”
- We use tragedy. Who has used the “My grandma died” routine? One guy had several grandmas die in the same month. He did not have a job the next. We play on the emotion of those in leadership to do what we want rather than what we are supposed to do.
- We use circumstances. The car broke down. The road is too slick. The air is too heavy. The planets are in the wrong alignment. The dog ate my homework. We don’t feel like we can argue the point.
- We use sickness. We put the thermometer on the light bulb. We sniff and cough when we call in “sick”. We do the Ferris Bueller.
- We use family. The baby is sick. The babysitter didn’t show. We opt out because we would rather be fishing, at the ballpark, or snuggled up with your honey.
Instead of owning our decisions and the consequences, we try to get around the rules. We know our decision is bogus but we have been fed a huge portion of humanism. In other words, what we believe right for us at that moment supersedes law, order, and social/moral/ethical/personal responsibility. We have been infected with the understanding that owning up to decisions is ridiculous. We blame others for our issues. We lie in order to do what we want. We divert attention away in order to claim innocence.
Adam said it was the woman. Eve said it was the snake. Ultimately they both were blaming God! They did not want to face the consequences and shifted focus. Cain wanted the short cut. Abram lied about Sarai. David killed Uriah. The story goes on. Each time, God wanted them to just own their decision. Obviously, He wants us to make better choices, but when we do make a poor one just own it.
- Own up to your choices because it keeps us honest. One lie leads to another. A worker was sent off on a small delivery that would not take long. He returned 3 hours later. He complained about the traffic and the van. It was the ice cream stain gave it away, though.
- Own up to your choices because they were YOUR choices. (This would really turn humanism on its head if we actually just owned up and took responsibility.)
- Own up to your choices because it is a sign of maturity.
- Own up to your choices because every one of them caused one man to die – Jesus.
Take back your life. Own it.
Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one. – Jesus