“It wasn’t me!” That’s the phrase he shouted out when his parents rushed the room. He was climbing the step stool to reach the cookie jar. But a slip and a tip later rendered the cookies, stool, and little boy spilled onto the kitchen floor. Fortunately, the window was open and the curtains were rustling in the wind. He quickly blamed the gust for all of the commotion.
We often blame others if we fear punishment for wrongdoing. Hosea warned the priests not to blame anyone else; the nation’s sins were largely their fault. Israel’s priests pointed out the people’s sins, but God would not allow them to overlook their own irresponsible actions. Instead of instructing the nation in religion and morality, they had led the way toward idolatry and immorality. Their failure to lead the people in God’s ways placed most of the blame for Israel’s destruction on them. Knowing that God will not allow us to blame others for our sinfulness should cause us to admit our own sins. We are responsible for our own sinful actions. Beware of the tendency to blame others because it can keep you from feeling the need to repent. – Life Application Study Bible
“Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you. (Hosea 4:4 NLT)
So go for it! Own up. Take responsibility. You will be glad you did.