Continuing our series of lessons you will learn at the Honor Academy…
#2 – Everything is your fault
This not so subtle message applies to issues both big and small in daily life.
– Car broke down and you were late? It’s your fault.
– Flight delayed and your luggage was lost? It’s your fault.
– Teen Mania didn’t give you the correct information so you weren’t prepared? It’s your fault.
– You were sick and missed a class? It’s your fault.
In day to day issues, there is little to no grace or mercy extended. Unfortunately, these issues can seem like mere annoyances when compared with the devastating effects of this idea on the deeper issues in our lives.
You injured yourself in corporate exercise? Pray in faith and you’ll be healed! If you aren’t healed, it’s your fault.
You are depressed? You must not have enough faith – so it’s your fault.
You haven’t raised enough money to cover your “tuition”? You must not be working hard enough. It’s your fault.
You would be shocked to hear the kinds of things that are blamed on interns. (In fact, I think this year they’ve added “Blame the Victim” to their list of core values.)
The problem with this lesson is that it becomes so ingrained in your psyche, that you begin to blame yourself for everything (good and bad). You begin to believe that everything that goes wrong in your life is related to your sin. God must be punishing you in order to get rid of your sin. When you repent over and over and can’t figure out what the sin is, you begin to think that it must be something wrong with you as a person – You are defective, worthless, etc.
It’s a nasty cycle, people!! And it all begins with the idea that you are responsible for everything bad that ever happens to you. Not the vicissitudes of life or other people – YOU are responsible for everything. This is nothing more than a huge lie.
And of course, the other side of this coin is – if your life is great, then it is also your “fault”. You are doing things right so God is blessing you! You are awesome. You are changing the world! Wait, what’s the spiritual word for that….? Oh yeah, pride.