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Blame Game Pt 1

I want to look a little further at what I call the ‘blame game.’ While I was writing this a news story came on about a 11-year-old boy who someone shot and killed here in Paulding County here in Georgia. It seems as if every morning during breakfast while we watch the news that similar events occurred overnight. These happen so often we get dull of hearing and just write it off as another unfortunate death. But someone is grieving. Someone is shocked that this could have happened to their son. Someone is asking God why? Why didn’t you do something to stop this.

The Bible has some examples of these same occurrences and what Jesus said about it?

The first one I want to look I found in Luke 13:1-2.

1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:1-2 NKJV)

There isn’t much information about this incident, somebody told Jesus about what happened. Remember they didn’t have phones, internet, or any other modern way of passing along this information. Today we know of events around the world in a matter of minutes. But it appears some Galileans went to Jerusalem to offer their sacrifices. While doing so some of Pilates soldiers killed them. We don’t know why or how. The person telling the account called it mingling their blood with the blood of their sacrifices.

This just reminded me of the awful things that happen to people at the hands of others. People like the 11-year-old boy who was minding his own business when he someone shot and killed him, whether on purpose or accidental. We see it all too often. In 2019, for example, more than 19,100 people were victims of homicide.

Jesus asked if this happened because they were worse sinners than all the other Galileans. Was it because they were sinners, or didn’t pray enough, or didn’t pay their tithes? Jesus said an unequivocal “I tell you, NO!”

Terrible things just happen. We live in a fallen world. There are those who live in a fallen state of life. These Galileans were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were on the news the next morning like so many others have been daily as victims of horrible acts of violence by someone. So, who do we blame? We can blame the person who did it. In the incident of the Galileans who lost their lives it was Pilate’s soldiers. In the case of the 11-year-old boy, three men just shot into the house and happened to hit the boy. But why did they do it?

This has nothing to do with the boy or the Galileans, and certainly we can’t blame God. We always want to know who to blame. We want to fix it. Who’s fault is it? Not God! We will look further at this topic next week. Stay tuned.