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The Blame Game


As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:1-2


The Blame Game

 I’ve been in dozens of problem-solving meetings in every imaginable type of organization and they seem to have one thing in common; there is always a group whose goal it is to assign blame.

Apparently, it was the same among Jesus' early disciples. Walking together they came across a man born blind and asked their master, who do we blame? Is this man’s blindness his fault or the fault of his parents?

This is an understandable question. It is not unreasonable to determine the root of a problem in order to avoid it later. But Jesus’ answer takes us to another level when he says, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, … but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3).

Sometimes we are faced with a choice. We can spend our time processing the past, or we can take a moment to invite Jesus into our present situation. We can ask Him to display His glorious work.

Jesus didn’t get trapped into a debate with the crowd; He simply healed the blind man.

We are living in a moment where many around us are working to assign blame. At some point, we’ll form answers to all our questions. For now, I am wanting to invite Jesus into our present crisis to ask him to display his power. I look forward to hearing of people who in their deep fear, turned to the living God and found peace. I long to hear about those who in a time of great mistrust found the one who is always trustworthy, Jesus.