Who is your scapegoat?

  By Ernest Gregoire

People are looking down their collective noses at someone they perceive to have committed a sin worse than their own!

Merry Minuet

The Kingston Trio sang this song in a live performance recorded for their first in-concert album From the Hungry i LP 1959 This satire was introduced by Orson Bean in the 1953 revue John Murray Anderson 's Almanac. It was originally written by Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick,

They're rioting in Africa
They're starving in Spain,

There's hurricanes in Flo-ri-da, And Texas needs rain.

The whole world is festering with unhappy souls,
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch,

I am old enough to remember this song when it first came out. And we thought the world was bad then!

People are looking down their collective noses at someone they perceive to have committed a sin worse than their own!

After all, they can’t be the problem! It has to be someone else’s fault!

They see themselves as good people and view others as much more sinful than themselves.

Hey! Nobody’s perfect!

There is a naturalized German man camping in this campground who never misses a chance to berate the dollar, or America, or Americans. I hear the same thing from foreign visitors almost without exception, if I wait for the right opportunity!

Financial trouble is a world wide event. Folks want to blame somebody so why not blame the Americans. They hated us for a long time so this is a good opportunity to heap scorn in those who justly deserve it, so they think! 

Liberal Americans also step right up to the plate to take a swing at America. The guilt ridden liberal left will welcome homosexuality to be taught in our schools in order to relieve themselves of their guilt for sin, whatever favorite flavor it happens to be. They see no problem with homosexuality. This way, they can look down their noses at homosexuals and think, “At least I am not like him.”

 The poor do the same thing, usually in a fit of angry class envy. Their outburst is directed at anyone who has more than they have. They hate people with bigger homes,   bigger cars, and especially SUV’s. These people dutifully pay their tax on the poor, otherwise known as the lottery. They think that rich people are the problem, especially CEO’s.

It can’t be them, the problem must lie elsewhere!

Sin is the problem!

Not the rich, not the poor, not the left, or right politically; but no one wants to think of themselves as sinful, let alone as part of the problem that we face today!

I see the finger of blame pointed in numerous directions from numerous sources. In short, everybody wants a scapegoat!

Who is your scapegoat?

Personally, I have decided to not take part in the finger pointing. This makes me very unpopular with almost everyone! I place the blame squarely where the bible tells me the problem really is!

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Ephesians 6:12-13 MKJV)

Take a look around you, what are you seeing? Do you see any finger pointing?

Do you hear accusation and blame?

The blame game has become far worse than it has ever been. We in the Church must be vigilant to withstand the darts of “The Evil One.”

Jesus Christ is coming soon. Let us not be caught with words of blame on our lips.

There is more than enough blame to go around. Let us not heap it upon each other’s head!