As we approach the referendum (sorry, you are probably sick of hearing about it), my mind has been turning to what happens post referendum. I am not qualified to discuss the economy (maths not my strong point), or even the political fallout but, one thing I have observed is that whenever there is a vote the “blame game” begins soon after.
As far back as the Garden of Eden, humanity has played the blame game. You may remember the story, God finds man hiding in the garden because he has broken the rules by eating the fruit from the tree of good and evil. When God asks him to own up, he promptly blames the woman and, when God confronts her, she blames the serpent. And on and on the game goes.
One company used to use the slogan “where there’s blame, there’s a claim” you see, the blame game can be quite profitable! I used a well-known search engine (the one whose name rhymes with frugal) to look up “UK claim companies” and got 86000000 results in less than ½ second!
The problem with playing the “blame game” is that we tend to ignore our own responsibility in a given situation. The problem with the human heart is, the human heart (cannot remember who said that). The oft repeated story, The Times sent out enquiries to famous authors asking for their views on “what is wrong with the world today”, GK Chesterton (writer of the Father Brown mysteries among others) replied
Now, let me make this absolutely clear (sounds a bit like a politician!!!!), I am not advocating that we all walk round in sack cloth and ashes crying “mea culpa” (that’s your actual Latin). What I am advocating is, that we are honest with ourselves and, most importantly, honest with God. Why honest with God? Well, in 1 John it says these words,
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1 vs. 8 -9)
When we are honest with God about the reality of our lives, we can receive His forgiveness and discover His peace.