This week’s article is written by the Rev. Jim Wheeler, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
I remember when one of our children was small, there was a phase when they blamed me (or anyone with them) for a scrape or “boo-boo” they did themselves. I was just there when it happened. It seems there is a natural tendency for us to blame others for our problems, injuries or sufferings at any age. Our courts are filled with wrongful injury cases, and who has not asked the question “why me?”
That question implies that someone else is at fault, but even if it is clearly our own doing, we wonder in frustration, “why did this have to happen, or why now?” Our frustration wants a target. We can blame the universe, a passerby, God or ourselves. Who is your favorite blame target?
It would be a lie to blame someone who wasn’t there. We can say we were clumsy, not focused or accident-prone. It’s just the natural order, cause and effect, of the universe. And then there is God — my favorite.
Biblically, free will and consequences began in the Garden of Eden — the place where there was no pain or accidents. And God told Adam and Eve to eat all they want except that one thing. What always happens when told not to do that one thing? You certainly think about it (temptation), and act on it (sin). Intentional or not, there are consequences outside of Eden.
Outside of Eden, God has blessed us with Jesus Christ. Forgiveness is offered for wrongs and mistakes, and comfort is offered for accidents and all other consequences in or lives. Just get to know him and his community of forgiveness and comfort.