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Blame Game

The origin of the Blame Game is failure. Blame places the responsibility for a
failure/mistake on people or circumstances. We all fail, we need to admit that. Take
responsibility and acknowledge failure so that God can lift you up, and you can change.
Look at some of the glorious mistakes & failures recorded in the Bible, then discover
powerful keys for handling our failures and moving on.
I want to just conclude this series I've been doing on the Blame Game. How many are
much more aware of people blaming? [Laughter] Man, isn't it everywhere! It's not my
fault. It's not my fault, and someone else did it, it's someone else is responsible to fix it,
it's always out there, someone else's fault. It's the people, it's the circumstances, it's
where I've come from, it's my family, it's the government, it's New Zealand, it's the
world. Whatever it is, it's always out there. If it's out there, you can't do anything, but if
you actually own up, you can actually do something, if you take ownership. In this next
season in the year, we're going to be looking at what it means to be apostolic people,
and you'll find to be an apostolic person means you have taken a hold in your heart, that
you have an assignment from God, and you will assume responsibility to fulfil your
assignment in the community. So if you buy in to the blame game, you can never be
what God called you to be. You have to recognise that buying into the blame game - by
that I mean that we're blaming someone else for problems, and believing someone else
is going to have to fix it up. When you buy into that, you remain a victim, you remain
powerless, you cannot be part of the answer that God wants us to be. We have to
absolutely reject the blame game, in every form, and say: I am going to be part of the
answer, I'm going to be part of the solution.
So what I want to do today is, I want to share another aspect of the blame game. I'm
going to go back to where it started, and isn't it amazing, it started when someone
failed. The blame game, passing the buck. That's what it's called here, pass the buck
you know? I liked it with Barack Obama. I liked it when he said: well the buck stops
here! [Yeah.] I like that. That's good leadership, and that's the indications of a man
who's going to do something about things. I like that.
He said: something went wrong. He said: it's my responsibility, I'll work on it to make it
right. That's good stuff. That's a man who's not playing the victim. It's a man who stood
up and said he's going to be part of the solution. You want to see these kinds of things.
It's like a new thing happening, instead of blaming everyone else for the problems. So
we're going to look at the blame game, and what I want to look at today is: dealing with
failure. Is there anyone here who hasn't failed? I'd just like to meet them and shake their
hand, it'd be quite nice actually. [Laughter] Sort of was hoping I might find someone
here. Often in churches there's sort of this thing that you can't fail, because you're a