3 The serpent was the craftiest of all the creatures the Lord God had made. So the serpent came to the woman. “Really?” he asked. “None of the fruit in the garden? God says you mustn’t eat any of it?”2-3 “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not to eat. God says we mustn’t eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”4 “That’s a lie!” the serpent hissed. “You’ll not die! 5 God knows very well that the instant you eat it you will become like Him, for your eyes will be opened—you will be able to distinguish good from evil!”6 The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband, and he ate it too. 7 And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed. So they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips.8 That evening they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden; and they hid themselves among the trees. 9 The Lord God called to Adam, “Why are you hiding?” 10 And Adam replied, “I heard You coming and didn’t want You to see me naked. So I hid.”11 “Who told you you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten fruit from the tree I warned you about?”12 “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me some, and I ate it.”13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied.—Genesis 3:1-13
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to know about the story of Adam and Eve. I’m pretty sure most people have heard it, or at least part of it. That story was the very first move on The Blame Game board, and Man has been playing this game ever since. Just as Adam blamed Eve, and then Eve blamed the serpent, human beings still find something to blame their sins on. The Blame Game seems to have become more popular in recent years. The blame for our bad decisions is placed on something or someone else. We blame sin on a gun. We blame our sin on our parents’ bad relationship. We blame sin on a video game. We blame our sin on a certain Race of people. We blame our sin on someone who was mean. We blame our sin on the whiskey (I think that’s a song). The pieces used in this game are endless and, so it seems, the number of players is growing.
You know, I watched some of the coverage of another school shooting yesterday. I sat here and watched, just for a very few minutes, and I was hopeful that one of those who had a microphone (leaders, reporters, and so-called experts) would have had enough courage to not blame something else besides the kid that did the deed. Instead I heard the same old rigamarole and blame, including the latest popular go-to statement the Governor of Texas decided to throw out there, “We need more than thoughts and prayers.” Oh really. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have and for Governor Abbott to discourage that tool is just unbelievable to me. What I would have loved to see is one of those big shots with the microphone say, “We need to look at ourselves and put the blame on us because we as a nation have decided to turn away from our Creator and we’re paying for it. Instead of continuously chasing our tails about what to do, we need to get on our knees and repent as a nation. We need to turn back to God and allow Him to be our guide.” Now I would have fallen out if I’d heard that and if I’d seen that bunch behind the microphone kneel and bow their heads in prayer. Instead, I hear a sentence coming from the mouth of a governor claiming that we need something else more than prayer. Buddy, you still chasin’ your tail, and the pieces are still being moved along that Blame Game board. Maybe one day y’all will figure out that in another game called Life, there is a playing piece called Prayer and there is a space on the Life board that will get you to where you need to be heading . It’s called the “Go to God, Go Directly to God” space. You won’t collect $200.00, but you’ll for sure be led in the right direction. Prayer worked for our Forefathers when they defeated the most powerful nation on earth to establish the United States. During World War II, Franklin Roosevelt led our nation in prayer as he spoke over the radio to the citizens of this country and we defeated evil. Wow, amazing how that worked and those are just a couple of examples. What was the moment in our history as a people did we decide prayer wasn’t the something we needed? I certainly would like to know. I guess somewhere along the line someone determined that The Prayer Game piece was old and boring. It was put away in a dark closet and then it was decided The Blame Game and its pieces was more fun to play with. And just like in the Garden of Eden, Satan spins the wheel and Man keeps playing along.