A Place of New Beginnings
I want to address our national dilemma, one of such proportion that it threatens the very fabric of our culture. It is not economic, political or educational, though it affects every one of those arenas. It is not a new problem; it is as ancient as humanity, though it has received celebrity status in recent decades. It affects the private and the public sector; it is rampant among the rich and the poor. It only seems to have difficulty surviving among those with the deepest convictions and old-fashioned values. What is this National Dilemma? It is a thing called “Abdication of Responsibility” and it is alive where you work, go to school, or live every day.
It seems that no matter where you look, this age old problem is in operation. From Adam in the garden, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate,” to the recent story of the Franklin Andrews, a senior analyst in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, who spent more than half of his working day trolling news and sports websites from his desk in Ottawa, and downloading more than 300 pornographic photos. He was fired in 2009, for committing “time theft” by taking pay for time not worked.
Mr. Andrews appealed to the Labour Board and demanded his job back. He acknowledged surfing the Net extensively, and apologized for downloading porn. But he said it wasn’t his fault, he wasn’t given enough work to keep him busy and he got bored.
From the woman, who sued McDonalds because her hot coffee was “hot” and she burned herself, to the many Muslim Nations that wittingly harbor terrorists, yet insist that the world view them as peaceful countries. It is time for people to take ownership for their actions.
Even Grace, God’s free gift, cannot be received by those who cannot acknowledge their sin, because any deficiencies they may have, are after all, the fault of their parents, teachers, neighbours, etc.
“The devil made me do it!” made famous by Flip Wilson, will not hold any weight when we stand before the Lord. On that day, each man will be rewarded according to “what he has done.” (Rev 22:12)
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