I couldn't believe what I was witnessing yesterday. I was stopped at a traffic light when I noticed a woman in a gray Toyota Forerunner rolling backward. I kept waiting for her to put on her brakes but it never happened. She rolled right into the front end of a little pick up truck. Then she got out of her car and began hollering at the driver of the pick up truck. She was on her phone and shouting that she was hit by this pick up truck.
Fortunately a State Dump Truck was right in front of me and the two highway workers in it saw the whole thing. They got out and began directing traffic until the police arrived. The guy said to me, "Can you believe that woman is claiming the girl hit her from behind?" I was stunned.
Yet, I guess I should not have been so surprised. Isn't that exactly what so many of us do today? Something happens and we try to pin the blame on everybody and everything we can. We are a society that doe not like to take responsibility for our actions. When I spill hot coffee on myself, I blame the fast food company. When I get lung cancer, I blame the cigarette company. When I drink too much and have an accident, I blame the bar tender. When I get caught using steroids, I blame my cousin. When I can't deal with my spouse, I blame my parents. When I am talking on my phone and I roll into someone, it has to be someone else's fault.
The truth is that the apostle Paul had the best approach to this whole thing. He confesses that we are all guilty. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Then he begs mercy and asks for God's grace. The truth is that if everyone took responsibility for their actions and 'fessed up, the world would be a better place. We could learn from our mistakes and turn things around. But if it is always someone else's fault, then we never have to learn.
So let's fess up. Then we can let God do his work and accept the love and forgiveness that he offers and begin again. That's a much better way to live.