"Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" Genesis 3:11
I remember as a kid getting in trouble for bringing a baby bird I found on the playground into my classroom at school. My teacher told me to put the bird back outside where I found it. I walked outside to put the bird back under the tree, but I wanted that baby bird...even though it was now dead. So instead of doing what I was told, what I knew was right, I put that baby bird in my pocket and walked right back into my classroom. A few minutes later as I was squirming in my seat, my teacher called me to the front of the room. She asked me why I was squirming in my seat. Then she asked the question that really nailed me: "What do you have in your pocket?" I had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. I looked down at the ground and said, "It's the bird you told me to put back outside." She asked me why I didn't do what she told me to do. My response was quite amusing: "The devil made me do it." I thought it was amusing. My teacher did not! Not only was I not able to keep the dead bird, but I also got a nice paddling from the principal! I tried to play "the Blame Game," but it didn't work out too well.
When we read about the origin of sin in Genesis 3, we find that Adam and Eve also played "the Blame Game." After God asked Adam about the tree he had eaten from, Adam responded, "The woman You put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Instead of taking responsibility for his own sin, Adam blamed the woman, and at the same time he blamed God. After God asked Eve what she had done, she responded, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Instead of taking responsibility for her own sin, Eve blamed the devil. Has anything changed today? We are still playing "the Blame Game" with our sin. Adults, we teach this game to our children every day. We continually point the finger at someone or something else when we sin or when our children sin. It's always someone else's fault. But as we see in Genesis 3, each person answers to God for his or her own sin. God punished Adam. God punished Eve. God punished the devil. Paul even tells us in the book of Romans that we are "without excuse" before God when it comes to our sin. In other words, "the Blame Game" won't work with God. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Let's be a people who takes responsibility for our own sins. Let's be a people who quits playing "the Blame Game," and let's allow God to forgive us, to purify us, and to use us for His glory!