There is a sad epidemic going around in churches across America, the epidemic of individuals not being accountable for their actions. I understand that this first took place in the Garden of Eden with our Federal Head parents, Adam and Eve. When God confronted Adam regarding his disobedience, he promptly put the blame on Eve. When Eve was confronted, she did just like her husband Adam and put the blame on the serpent. As you can see, nothing has changed. Many are continuing to place the blame of their actions on someone else.

The Prophet Ezekiel had to address the issue of the people blaming God for punishing them unjustly. They thought they were receiving God’s discipline because of their parents sinfulness. In Ezekiel 18:2 (NKJV), God addresses their blame by asking them a question as to why they felt their punishment was undeserved, He asks, “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?” The LORD then points the responsibility back to them in verses 2-4 (NKJV), He says, “As I live, declares The Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Behold, All souls are mine,; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.” The Lord directly points out that everyone is responsible for their own sinfulness. They denied their own guilt. How foolish! They claimed that their situation was not their fault, that it was unjust, and there was not anything they could do about it. They felt they were innocent victims of an unfair God.

Truth be told, that same mindset is running rampant today. so many are not willing to say, “It is not my fault that I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar. If my mother did not bake so good, I would not have disobeyed her.” Now I know that this illustration may seem elementary, but too many will stand boldly and act like they did nothing wrong, even when that were caught red-handed. COME ON! Stop the madness! Be accountable for your actions

The lack of accountability slows down progress. It causes those who are about doing right to become upset with those who will not own up to anything they have blatantly done. Others do not readily trust those who pass on blame to others. Non-accountable people are hard to deal with because they are quick to blame you. Now I have often said, if I am always cussing people out every day in front of my children, and they go to school and cuss out the teacher, and they are then suspended; I have no one to blame but myself for influencing them through my behavior. I need to point out something to you, my children are responsible for their own actions. But I was the one that opened the door to them. Again, my children would not be able to say that it is my father that caused me to do this. The question is, “Did you cuss out the teacher?” and your response should be, YES, and I was wrong. Point Blank!

It is high time that everyone, stop making excuses and blaming others for their wrongdoings, and start being mature Christians that they claim to be. Final point, God will deal with you based upon your guilt in the matter, not because of anyone else. You will not stand before The Lord and be able to say, Lord it is because of… It is time to Grow up.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Moore