February 16, 2011

Responsibility = Accountability

At first glance the story of the fall of man can be extremely frustrating. And until we begin to see the similarities between us and Adam and Eve it will remain irritating. Yet our irritation often causes us to skip over something profound within this passage. For without a doubt the focus here is heavily on the fall rather than the point at which they slipped. And without recognizing the slip, we miss how the fall could have been avoided. We fail to learn the lesson as to how we can avoid our own falls.

In Genesis, Adam and Eve are created to take care of God’s beautiful creation, a job that would obviously require tons of responsibilities. Yet when the fall occurs Adam and Eve aren’t fulfilling any responsibilities. Another way of putting it is they were being irresponsible. The point is responsibility can equal accountability. For fulfilling their responsibilities would have eliminated their irresponsible decision.

The same is true for David in 2 Samuel 11. Verse 1 reads In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.” And once David avoids his responsibilities, we find him falling into lust, committing adultery and plotting a murder. Once again drawing our attention to the moments where he fell rather than the point at which he slipped. For like Adam and Eve, the slip leading to the fall takes place when David fails to fulfill his responsibilities.

What are you responsible for? What is required of you to be a great spouse, parent, employee or friend? As a Christian what Biblical responsibilities do you find yourself avoiding? For responsibility equals accountability. And despite the size of your responsibilities, choosing to avoid them often causes us to fall.

Recent Testimony showing that Responsibility = Accountability:
“My wife and I have spent tons of money on pornography and in this time haven’t given a penny to God. But last week we decided to cancel all of our pornography subscriptions and begin giving that money as our tithe. I guess you could say we’re knocking out two birds with one stone.” - Anonymous

You're either responsible or you're irresponsible, the choice is yours.