We’re good at blaming other people. Sometimes we even blame God. We’ve been doing it since the very first sin (Genesis 3:12). A lot has changed since the Garden of Eden. A lot. But not everything. We still like to blame God.
Here’s what we tell ourselves.
My bad temper is all God’s fault. He’s the one who gave me red hair.
My alcoholism is all God’s fault. He’s the one who gave me addicts for parents.
My cheating is all God’s fault. He’s the one who gave me a learning disability.
My marital infidelity is all God’s fault. He’s the one who gave me an emotionally distant husband.
My lustful thoughts are all God’s fault. He’s the one who gave me these desires.
We’re willing to do whatever it takes to avoid dealing with our own sin. Even if that means blaming God for our sin. James tells us that such accusations could not be more off base.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one. James 1:13 (ESV)
Our problem is not that we blame God. It’s just that we blame him for all the wrong things.
When everything around me is falling apart, I have a solid foundation. That’s all God’s fault (Matthew 7:24-29).
When the rest of the world is against me, the only One who really matters is for me. That’s all God’s fault (Romans 8:31-39).
When the future looks dim, I still have hope. That’s all God’s fault (James 1:2-4).
When Satan accuses me, there is One who stands in my defense. That’s all God’s fault (Luke 22:31-32).
When Satan seeks to shame me, I’m protected by the One who has already put Satan to open shame (Colossians 2:13-15).
When death knocks at my door, eternal life turns it away (John 3:16).
Our sin is ours to own. We are at fault. We are the ones to blame. Sin is our identity. It defines who we are.
Until Jesus takes it away from us and gives us his perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
That’s when everything changes.
I have eternal life.
And it’s all God’s fault.