Humans have been blaming others for their own actions since the Garden of Eden when Adam blamed God, and Eve blamed the serpent. I’ve heard blame called “The Second Original Sin.”
The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12-13)
Adam blamed God. Eve blamed the serpent.
Blame continued throughout the Bible and continues today.
“Because you said that, I …”
“The system made me poor.”
“If I weren’t poor, I wouldn’t have stolen/looted.”
“That makes me angry.”
“I was born in the wrong body.”
“It wasn’t me.”
“Not my fault.”
Blaming others supposedly exonerates yourself making yourself the victim rather than responsible. Blame means no repentance, no growth.
There are a lot of possible drivers, including, for example: pride, self-defense, self-promotion, self-deception, denial of sin.
For unbelievers who blame, we need to pray they see their sin, repent, and believe in Jesus Christ, We need to pray they receive saving faith.
God is very clear that we are responsible. Period.
When we sin, it is our own fault. Period.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. (James 1:13-14)
And what’s more, if we deny our sin, we call God a liar. Not good!
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:10)
God saved us for holiness God does not want us to sin. Don’t blame Him! We’re responsible.
What to Do
It is a sin for a Christian to blame something or someone else for our sin.
When we sense we are blaming, STOP and confess. Repent. Determine not to blame.
Father, thank You for showing me when I blame others, trying to escape responsibility. I confess that this is sin, and that I have sinned. Please help me be aware when I blame and help me stop, I want so much to walk in a manner worthy of you.