Blaming Society Leads To Continuous Failure
Stop blaming society for your problems. A bad economy is not grounds for laziness. A harsh boss didn’t make you into the person you have become. The world is not your enemy, and society doesn’t force you to adopt a faulty mental and emotional outlook on life.
Now it’s not that I lack empathy for those who lose their jobs, their healthcare, and sometimes even they homes and mates. Life can be cruel. And in this world, the sufferings of mankind will never cease. Each day presents a new challenge as well as new blessings. But it is you who makes the determination of how to meet that day.
If blaming others is your weak spot, then you obviously believe and concede that:
- Your boss is a bully
- Crooks dominate society
- The economy is perpetually broken
- Your family and friends are ignorant to suffering
- And creation itself has set you center stage to the bulls eye.
Blaming Society – An Old, Old Story
We could begin with Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the serpent, but let’s fast-leap into the teachings in the New Testament. Take a look in the book of Mark. The story tells of a woman who came to the house of Simon the leper bearing precious ointment, which she poured out on the head of Jesus, some men complained about the waste of funds. Yet Jesus hushed their uttering and stated clearly that the poor would always be with us. Now I know that prosperity is not the subject of the verse, However, I see in the full discourse no indication that people are destined to be without substance.
In a modern instance of such an event, the complainers might say that the economy cannot stand such waste, and then they would begin blaming society for raising a host of wasteful teens. And on a certain level, they would be right. Furthermore, this event as relayed in the book of John describes the motive of Judas as that of a thief, and that of course advances the concept of a corrupt society. Yet in Galatians, the Holy Spirit says:
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap,” (Galatians 6:7).
For many readers, the context of this verse is limited to the human conflict between good and evil. And it truth, it deals most directly with the spiritual matters of meekness, forgiveness, pride, and communication. But the concept of sowing and reaping extends far beyond the boundaries of reaping spiritual growth. For in fact, learning to take responsibility for your daily actions can and do produce physical fruit as well as spiritual fruit.
Now I am not blaming you for a poor economy and the loss of your job. Nor am I blaming you for being born into some sector of society that is rejected on the grounds of current social prejudice. And if you have a difficult boss, I don’t condemn your frustration. However, not one of these situations qualifies you to blame society, the economy, your boss, your friends, your mate, the world, or God for your failure to react in a Christian manner to your current life-conditions.
Throughout Scripture, men of God were challenged by economic, social, political and spiritual complications. As a race, the Hebrews were chronic complainers. But out of the mist of all problems, there came a few who learned to accept God’s hand, God’s plan, and God’s promises in the face of every adversity. Sometimes God will try His people.
Those busy blaming society and all else need not expect intervention before chastisement. They shall be in the wilderness for so long as it takes to grow in Christ or until they are taken from this world. Those at peace with God learn to trust. So they just keep on working, keep on struggling, keep on trying, and refuse to loosen a wicked tongue.
Once while working a construction job, the super required me to go into a grassy field and pickup dime size or larger stones. That rankled me and it taunted my pride, but the Lord said “Submit to all authority.” Thus I emptied three five-gallon buckets of stones from that field with most of the stones barely exceeding the size of my fist and many ranging in the limits of a dime. After that day, the super gave me free reign of the work-site, and trusted me to complete any job on my own. Six months later, when we ended that job, the super got me a $2.00 per hour raise.
Now if the above were but a single incident in my life, I might accept your challenge that it won’t work for you. But fact is, that incident has been repeated for me time and time again, and my prosperity through God daily increases. Does not the first Psalm tell you that “God watches over the way of the righteous” and that if you will set your delight in the law of the LORD, you shall prosper in whatsoever you touch?
Trusting God. Refusing to blame the boss, the job, the economy or what-so-ever-have-you reaps a reward from God. Be as David, Joseph, and yea our Lord Jesus Christ. Wait. Serve. And stop blaming society.
1 Thessalonians makes the point most clear…
“and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody,” (1-Thessalonians 4:11,12).