Posted by: Drew Van Gorder | 08/07/2014 | 3:20 pm
We’ve said it thousands of times, “God, this is all your fault!” or “God, how dare you do this to me!” or maybe “You could prevent this if you wanted to, God!” and finally, “Why me, God?” These all bear resemblance to the way that Adam reacted to God in the Garden of Eden after the fall. We see Adam clearly blaming the woman, known as Eve, for the sin that he himself has committed. Adam says to God, who has asked him if he committed sin, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12 ESV, emphasis mine).
Clearly, Adam is blaming his sin on two individuals: he blames the woman for tempting him and God for creating the source of his temptation. Isn’t this what we all do when confronted with our own depravity on some level? We look to blame others for our poor choices, we blame them for our bad circumstances, and ultimately, we fault our Creator for not taking a more active role to prevent the pain that has come into our lives. In short, we behave just as Adam did and attempt to project our guilt onto others…most importantly, we credit evil to God.
Many people when watching T.V. have seen the commercials with the starving and suffering children in third world countries and say, “If there was a God, there would be no starving children.” They then change the channel apathetically, feeling better about themselves as they indulge in air conditioning, a steady paycheck, on their soft couch, and wondering what they’re going to do for their next family vacation. There is a word for this type of thinking and behavior, “Hypocrisy.”
Every one that points at God and blames Him for the evil in the world while doing nothing to change the wretched circumstances surrounding other human beings in the world is a hypocrite of the worst kind. They blame a God (whom they often times don’t even believe exist) for tragedies in the lives of others (which they themselves have done nothing to correct). Every one of them that points to God blaming Him for tragedy knows that they could sell their homes, sell their two cars, sell all of their possessions, give all their food to the poor, quit their high paying jobs, and give all that they’ve gained to feed the starving children in other countries. They could even move over to these countries in an effort to make a change in the lives of these children…but then it’s much easier to blame a sovereign, metaphysical being named, “God” than it is to actually do something about it.
Another thing that many “Christians” do is blame God’s bride, the church. They look to the Christians that gather together on Sunday mornings to worship their God and then blame them for not carrying out what they think that their God would have them truly do. Once again, these hypocrites say that the church is filled with hypocrites and claim that this is their reason for staying away from the church (if they claim the name of Christ). They desire to point out the speck in their brother’s eye while doing nothing about the plank in their own eye. Once again, their accusations against the church are to make themselves feel better about their apathy. If the church is dirty, filthy, or filled with hypocrisy, it is our duty to see that we are all part of the universal church. That means that, as God’s children (if indeed we truly are), then it is also we who point to the church and accuse them of hypocrisy who are ourselves hypocrites. If we point to the church and accuse it of being filthy, then it is we the individual who points our finger of blame who are filthy. Once again, we are only willing to lift a finger for others in order to point it in an attitude of blame. If the church needs help, it is our duty, not to mock her while she has fallen into the mud, but rather to help her out of the mud and love the church “as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”(Ephesians 5:25-27 ESV).
Lay down your cynicism, blame, and hypocrisy; rather pick up your cross and follow the example of him who took on the burdens of others. For apathy and hypocrisy are always easier then responsibility and love.