by Frank Pollard

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Genesis 3:1-13
When things go wrong, when you go wrong, do you try to place the
blame somewhere other than on yourself? An up-to-date revision of an
old adage might state, "It matters not whether you win or lose, but
where you place the blame." Hardy Denham, a good friend and an able
preacher, has declared the most popular game in our nation to be "The
Blame Game." Indeed it is! It is a favorite indoor and outdoor
sport. Any number of people can participate. It's as old as Eden and
as new as this morning's paper.
All through the Bible we find people playing "The Blame Game."
The oldest book in the Word is probably the Book of Job. It concerns
a man who was as a good as a person could be. A series of calamities
drastically changed his life. His wealth was stolen by thieves and
destroyed by nature. His children died in a freak accident. He
became seriously ill. While sitting in the midst of his agony S0me
friends came to visit. They said, "Job, it's got to be your fault."
The apostles saw a man blind from birth and they asked, "Lord, who is
to blame? This man or his parents?" Lazarus, a close friend of
Jesus, died. Four days later our Lord arrived at his house. Martha,
a mourning sister, greeted Christ with the words, "If you had been
here this would not have happened. It's your fault."
At the most crucial hour in history, Jesus Christ stood before
Pontius Pilate who alone had the legal right to pronounce the death
sentence. Though he knew it was wrong, Pilate let them kill our
Lord. But he played the blame game. He washed his hands in water and
said, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person. It's your
fault not mine."
SThe first "blame game" was played in the Garden of Eden. Caught
red-handed in direct disobedience, a panicky Adam blamed both God and
Eve. Eve blamed the devil. Neither of them blamed themselves.
When the delicious apple of life has gone sour, who do you blame?
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