The other day another line caught my eye, from a very good writer, and man. Dr. Don Boys, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, penned this gem:
“Roman bridge-builders used to stand under their arches as the scaffolding was removed. If they had made a mistake, the whole structure came down on their heads. That is the epitome of personal responsibility–something missing in our day. No one wants to be held accountable for anything.” Don Boys.
The practice of refusing to accept responsibility for our actions, thoughts, mistakes and certainly “sins” is one of the paramount features of modern society. Most will agree that our fantastic Interstate System is in disrepair and one reason is that much of it was built to less than the initial specifications. Yet very few have accepted responsibility, and even fewer have been prosecuted for this failure. Just saying.
I spend some time in state and federal courts, sometimes to testify as to character and others as an interested observer. Seldom is it heard that anyone accepts responsibility.
Carl Rogers stated concerning this trait in humanity:
“The only person who cannot be helped is that person who blames others.”
Note this: Don Boys has been called a “Rabid Fundamentalist” by liberals, while Carl Rogers is oft referred to as “One of the Founders of Humanistic Psychology.” How can it be that these two poles apart men reach the same conclusion? Simple! All truth is from God and much of God’s truth is revealed in what we call The Holy Bible. Dr. Rogers came across this truth of accepting responsibility at some point in his studies.
The principle of rejecting personal responsibility is as old as the first man, namely, Adam! Adam was the first man, but far from the last to place the blame for his actions on his Wife! The practice continues unabated even though God totally rejected the claim by Adam and passed judgement down the human chain in such fashion that only Christ alone can solve the problem. All placing of blame on environment, spouse, parenting, poverty, etc., is in vain. God, through Jesus Christ, will help you when you accept personal responsibility and get over the human trait of blaming someone or everyone else.
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