Today we have the honor of hearing from one of my favorite bloggy friends, Rebecca from Mom’s Mustard Seeds. I just know she will bless you!
It’s easy to become a victim in a society where anyone who does not fit the status quo can stand upon a soap box and use the ‘victim mentality’ to change a law, in which society as a whole loses. It’s something that has gone on since the beginning of time. It’s time to start some new lingo with Victim Accountability.
What is a victim, really?
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary sates: “Something destroyed; something sacrificed in the pursuit of an object.”
It isn’t a new phenomenon. Being a victim began in the garden of Eden. When Eve took that first fruit and ate it, she shared it with Adam (who happened to be standing there, by the way and should have stopped her, but that’s another post). At any rate, when God came to the garden for his evening walk with Adam and Eve they were hiding. For some reason, they had this idea that they could hide what they did and themselves from God. (I think it goes without saying, mankind still thinks that). When God approached them and asked what happened: Adam blamed Eve (he was her victim) and took his victim status a step farther – by stating ‘the woman you put here’… So, he even made himself a victim of God. Eve, well, she blamed the serpent.
Apparently, they passed their victim thought process on to their sons: Cain and Abel. When the two brought their portions to God, Cain did not bring the best, as Abel did. So, instead of raising his standards and giving his best, he became a victim and acted out – against his brother.
It all comes down to accountability. What is accountability? Back to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (it’s my favorite) “The state of being liable to answer for one’s conduct.”
It’s easy to stay in a victim thought process when we are unwilling to step up and be the person we were created to be. After all, we all want to say “God made me this way and God does not make mistakes.” True, God did create us. However, due to the fall in the Garden of Eden, we are born with sinful hearts.
But, accountability goes beyond that. We need know why we need to be accountable. That means, we need to know why we were created.
Why We Were Created
God did not create us on this earth for ourselves. He created us for His glory. End of story. He did not create us to live our lives happy-go lucky and he did not create us to live a life of sin.
So many want to stand on the Bible and add laws that are not there because society has turned so far from God. Others want to stand and say ‘God loves me and he died for me and he doesn’t make mistakes so I don’t need to change.’ The truth is this – yes, we have to change. We have to die to ourselves and live for him. We can’t change us – only he can. And He won’t try to change us until we ask him to.
Yes, in the Bible Jesus hung out with everyone and anyone. But, never once did someone (who wanted to follow him) receive the command – “Your sins are forgiven, now keep living the life you want to live.” NO….each person was told either what they had to change in order to follow whim or flat out “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more.”
Be careful here, though. People don’t want to change. They want their freedom to impact the freedom of others. No one understands true freedom or liberty anymore. No one calls a sin an sin – it’s always a ‘mistake’ or someone else’s fault. We live in a Victim Society. No one wants accountability. But, it’s time to step up and remember what freedom and liberty are. It’s time to call for Victim Accountability based on God’s truth.
Will you join me?
Rebecca is a child of God, married to the love of her life, and the mother of three children. She writes about faith, life, nutrition and homeschooling at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.
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