by Rick Pidcock
Some of you older folks might remember the skit, “The Devil Made Me Do It!” For the rest of us, the skit’s main character would do something that they shouldn’t. And their excuse was, “The devil made me do it!”
Of course, most of the time when pastors bring this illustration up, they say, “Nobody makes you do anything. You choose to do it.” And while their hearts may be right in pointing us towards being responsible for our actions, I think they miss the boat a little bit.
In her book entitled, Out Of the Saltshaker, Rebecca Pippert says,
“Whatever controls us is our lord. The person who seeks power is controlled by power. The person who seeks acceptance is controlled by the people he or she wants to please. We do not control ourselves. We are controlled by the lord of our lives.”
This quote goes to the heart of living out the gospel in light of the “Blame Game.” In reality, none of us have the freedom to serve ourselves. Instead, we serve either God or some other master.
So when somebody tells you, “So and So made me do it!” Don’t reply back by saying, “No they didn’t. Stop serving yourself!” Instead, try to get them to see what idol is controling them. Then point them to the gospel and call them to repentant faith.
If repentant faith in Christ is the only way to grow (Col. 2:6-7), then why would we approach this situation in any other way?