Taking Responsibility

I like to joke from time to time that it’s a good thing Jesus loves Christians because no one else would — and this time I’m not talking about the ridiculously bad jokes on church signs.  And I’m not just saying this because of the lady in the Suburban that managed to cut me off twice in a span of about 2 minutes.  (No seriously.  I was at a four-way stop, started to go, she ran her stop-sign [didn’t even slow down], and turned in-front of me.  I had to swerve and slam on the brakes.  I end up in the left lane and her in the right when we reach a roundabout.  She decides to switch lanes mid-roundabout without even checking.  I end up on the sidewalk.  And how do I know she was a “Christian?”  The huge Northview Church bumper sticker was a dead giveaway.)  No, today I’m saying this because of the complaints of a group of talentless hacks.

I know, that’s not a nice thing to call someone, but I am a fan of using the right word for the job.  See, I recently read an interview from a gaming magazine about a group of Christians that blamed the assaults of the devil for their failed game development.  You can see the article here: Abraham game makers believe they are in a fight with Satan.

Perhaps, just maybe, they are too.  But seeing as how Satan is not omnipotent, he’s probably busy elsewhere.  (I’m guessing Africa.)

The companies co-founder calls it “tangible.”  Alright, fine, but here is what I think.  I think they’re failing because they don’t know what they’re doing.  You can see the screenshots on that article, or you can view the image they made for their team by clicking here.  Poor James.  Plenty of talented people doing good work have failed their development projects.  Was that the work of the devil too?

I’m just using these guys as an example, but let me take one more crack at them while they’re still tied to the whipping post.  They call themselves Biblical literalists, which is fine, but I do require certain things from anyone that claims that.  For instance, I expect them to take the Bible literally and I expect them to know their Bibles.  Which is why I was dismayed to find one of the co-founders saying that the devil was responsible for “Lots of factors raining down on us like fire and brimstone.”  [Emphasis added.]  You see, nowhere in the Bible does the devil use fire and brimstone.  It’s mentioned as one of God’s tools for punishing the wicked though.  So the metaphor he is making compares them not to Paul and Silas or other missionaries, but to Sodom and Gomorra — an apt metaphor judging by the depiction of poor James in this picture.

These developers are just a symptom though.  The problem is simple — the Christian church has accidentally allowed immaturity to become a sign of spirituality.  Here’s what I mean, when a child passes blame, we slap them on the wrist and ask, “Is that really what happened?”  When a Christian passes blame, usually to God or the Devil, we pat them on the back and shrug about these forces outside of our control.  God is the great boogie-man of the Christian college dating scene.  

“God told me we need to break up.”  Maybe He did, but that’s neither here nor there.  The decision was yours to make.  Try, “I believe we need to break up.”  You can’t pass the blame for hurt feelings to God.  Way too much baggage in a statement like that.  I remember one friend telling me he replied, “God told me differently.”  Both of the parties believed what they were saying.

Sorry about my frequent asides, all I’m getting at is that we expect mature people to take responsibility for their actions and decisions and we should expect the same from spiritually mature people. 


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