Who's to Blame

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Since the fall of man, it has been human nature to want to point the finger of blame in a crisis. Adam quickly blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent for the Garden of Eden tragedy. In the aftermath of the recent World Trade Center disaster, many are venting their anger at others. Well meaning Christians have pointed the finger of blame at America, economic systems, homosexuality, abortion, and more. No doubt these are areas deserving of God’s judgement. It is a time be awakened, and to walk circumspectly. (Eph 5:14-15) But although I don’t want to over simplify, the blame lies in the hands of the terrorists.

I’ve learned in the past that when I point the finger of judgment, there are three pointing back at me! 

I suppose I could blame the apostles of today for not guiding us down a right path, or the prophets for not seeing this in advance. I suppose I could blame the intercessors for not providing a strong enough prayer covering, or pastors for not caring for the sheep. I could also blame the average Christian for not living holy enough and causing a withdrawal of God’s grace and covering. Some in America are blaming the government, Muslims, immigration laws, and just a lack of common sense.

But I’m not going to. Besides, I’ve learned in the past that when I point the finger of judgment, there are three pointing back at me! (1 Cor. 10:12) The responsibility lies solely with the terrorists, people who became so demonized with hatred that they became the instruments of Satan.

What is my response? Go after the kingdom of darkness. My retaliation will be to preach harder, evangelize, pray, love and raise up a family that will fight darkness, realizing again that we are in a battle for souls.

I’m too sick with grief to place blame anywhere but in the lap of the devil, the one who robs, kills and destroys.

While some want to call it judgement, some say it is evil versus good, and others say it is God’s discipline, I’m neither smart enough nor discerning enough to weigh this matter. I’m too sick with grief to place blame anywhere but in the lap of the devil, the one who robs, kills and destroys. I’m just gripped with the pictures of planes flying into buildings, a couple holding hands and jumping from 80 stories, bodies burned, families crushed, and buildings collapsing in apocalyptic style. Could it be a wakeup call to complacent Christians? It has been to me. Many have attributed prophetic meaning to the date of the disaster, 9/11, a number known to all Americans as the “emergency number.” All of our police and emergency vehicles bear and respond to this key number. Is it a prophetic play on words of urgent warning? Regardless of what it is, opportunities abound to share the Father’s love. Just last week, a woman in a store inquired as to what I thought. When I challenged her as to what would have happened to her if she would have been in the World Trade Center, she began frantically confessing that she was a backslidden Christian! Many are wondering, waiting, for love - filled believers who have thrown aside blame and become communicators of hope. It will get worse. But where sin abounds, grace will “super-abound.” For us in the Church, this is our finest hour!

Luke says, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Rather than seeing it as judgment, I urge you to shift your blame to Satan and prepare yourself for spiritual battle. I am going to put on the garments of truth and holiness and resist the temptation to fear for Jesus is in control.