I am talking about the anger and blame we have been pointing at each other over the Presidential election this year in the U.S.A. We are all pointing fingers at somebody else. It is their fault, not our fault. Whether we blame Republicans or Democrats, whites or blacks or immigrants, Christians or atheists, those who voted for Trump or those who voted for Clinton or those who did not vote — in every case we are blaming the wrong people. Let me say that again, “We are blaming the wrong people”!
Who is to blame?
Ultimately the blame goes to evil. The start of every evil is the devil. He has been stirring up a lot of anger and frustration and suspicion. He has gotten us all angry at each other, blaming each other. If we keep arguing and pointing fingers, we can’t get anything good done. We are caught in a whirlpool of anger, frustration, half-truths, indignation, self-righteousness, and blame. I have been caught up in it too.
What can we do to escape this whirlpool of evil?
We have to stop. Stop yelling. Stop blaming. Stop arguing. Stop spreading rumors. Stop pointing fingers. Stop defending ourselves. Then look at the mess the whirlpool is causing. It doesn’t do any good to stay in that whirlpool. We are caught in endless circles.
How do we stop?
We listen to what Jesus said in the middle of the evil of sin that put Him on the cross. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) We need to forgive. We need to forgive anyone we are blaming.
That takes a change in attitude.
This is what I did. I stopped my thoughts of blame and anger. I just stopped thinking them. Then I looked at the people I thought were to blame, and I chose to say, “They are not mean. They are not trying to do the wrong things. They are trying to do what’s right. They are doing the best they can.” Realizing that this is true for them and for me, I can accept that they are not the problem. So then I choose to think, “Yes, I can forgive them. They just don’t know what they are doing.” If I am honest, I don’t always know what I am doing either.
Can you do that?
Can you accept that whoever you are blaming, they are not trying to do the wrong things? Can you forgive them? If you can, you will be able to stay out of the whirlpool. You will find peace and quiet.
What is next?
Once we forgive those people we were blaming, we can start to move forward. We can focus on doing useful things. Moving forward is so much happier than getting dizzy in a whirlpool. Moving forward is the only way to make any progress.