The Blame Game In The Arizona Shootings And Beyond

The blame game has been going on since the beginning of time.  Remember the Garden of Eden?  Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve?  It’s like a vicious circle that keeps going around and around.  The trouble with blame is that no one takes personal responsibility.

That is what I have been seeing most in the latest tragedy to hit our nation.  When Jared Loughner took the lives of six precious individuals and wounded many others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the blame game began.

In fact. what I am hearing more about in the news is not about Loughner.  No, it’s about who is to blame.  Some say it’s the Republicans, the conservatives, the right-wingers, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and the list goes on. 

Yet in the midst of the current blame game, we really have no idea what motivated Loughner to commit these atrocious acts.  Yet as a nation we take advantage of the opportunity and look for a way to point fingers.

When will we ever turn the finger back toward ourselves?  When will people step up and take responsibility for their actions?  When will we look at the ones who are actually responsible for wrongs? 

The sad truth is that we do it as believers.  We sometimes do it in our marriages.  We blame our spouse for our lack of happiness.  We do it with our children.  If they would only stop fighting, then we wouldn’t yell.  We do it with our boss.  If our boss wasn’t so mean, we could do a better job.  We do it with the church.  If it wasn’t so full of hypocrites, we would attend.

When will we stop pointing fingers and stop playing the blame game and take responsibility?  If there is any lesson that I have learned from the Arizona tragedy it’s that I have to learn how to stop blaming others when I act a certain way.  It’s on me.  No one else is at fault. 

After all, look where the blame game got Adam and Eve.

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