We’ve all heard it before haven’t we? I recently heard this phrase at work, and have been pondering it quite a bit the last few days. The phrase is used in movies, our culture, and in even in our life. The ulitmate blameshifter and justifier of sin.
“It’s not my fault! The devil made me do it!”
We shouldn’t be surprised really- the phrase has been around since the beginning of time. Eve was actually the first one to use it, albeit in a manner which sounds a little nicer…
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” ~Genesis 3:13~
Even in the dawn of time, and sin freshly conceived, the Devil has been taking the brunt of blame for all kinds of sins which humanity commits on a day to day basis. Is it any wonder though he gets the blame? He is the father of all lies, the master of deception, and the prince of this fallen world. I think though, the Devil gets way to much credit for the sins going on in the world. People think he causes them to sin.
Trust me, we don’t need any help.
We are conceived, born, and live in sin. The idea the Devil makes us sin, puts him on a pedestal which he doesn’t deserve. He isn’t all powerful. He isn’t omniscient. He isn’t all knowing. He is a fallen angel who prowls the earth under God’s jurisdiction. Ultimately, he will be destroyed.
Why don’t we give credit to sin where credit is due? Probably because when we start rolling those credits, we see ourselves. Over, and over, and over. James tells us where sin comes from. It comes from our heart’s desires.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” ~James 1:13-15~
When Eve ate that fruit, she didn’t eat it because the Devil made her. She ate it because she wanted to be like God- at the expense of disobeying a direct command. She trusted herself more than God’s words. We do the same.
Does the Devil have a hand in this world? You bet your big black attack bible he does. But does he cause us to sin? No. He doesn’t. We are incredibly sinful beings, and when we sin- that comes from our heart and our choices. Let’s take responsibility for that and stop trying to push it off on Mr. Lucifer. He already has a huge ego- as do we. Humbling ourselves and owning our depravity is the first step to conquering our natural desires.
Care to take that first step with me?