Just a Thought.......
Growing up in a house with four siblings where a primary conversation was always “whose fault is it?, I never imagined that I would live long enough to be in a world where nothing is anyone’s fault. But, I have.
Today, no one wants to assume personal responsibility. Everything is blamed on a poor background or other social factors or a mental disease or poverty or something, anything, other than the person themselves.
Ignored, or made exceptions, are people like Dawn Loggins, a homeless girl who became the first person from her high school in Lawndale, North Carolina, to be accepted to Harvard.
Apparently, she did not know that she was not responsible for her own life. Lacking that important “get off the hook” information, she pressed forward as if it all depended on her. As a result, she was not only successful, she crossed the graduation stage to a standing ovation!
What she did understand is that if it is not your fault, then you are powerless to get better. The cruel result of our “excuse” society.
Certainly, she was not alone. That man named Jesus, in that book known as the Bible, agreed with her when he said, “The soul that sins shall die”.
Something to think about the next time we decide to sidestep responsibility and blame someone else for our circumstances.
Rev. David Fischer is interim Minister at First Christian Church in Lexington