“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
In other words, since the fall of humanity into sin the same cycle repeats itself over and over. Whether that’s people blaming each other or people committing the same kinds of atrocities over and over down through history, the result is the same; we don’t learn from history and we are doomed to repeat our mistakes
The same cycle is happening today. The residents of Grenfell Tower are blaming the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), Kensington and Chelsea Council are blaming the residents, politicians are blaming each other and the liberal media is blaming the contractors (and here).
Over in America things are not any better with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, blaming the F.B.I. for investigating him over links to Russia. The liberal left Democratic Party is blaming Donald Trump (and here).
So where does the buck stop? Well the buck stops with us. We are all to blame. We are to blame for allowing poor safety standards to persist even when the prophetic alarm was raised last year with the Grenfell Tower. We are to blame for allowing greed, political in-fighting and political point-scoring to take precedence over precious lives. We are to blame for not caring about the issues that really matter and allowing our own selfish interests to take priority in our lives.
This ‘Blame Game’ can be stopped if we stop for a moment, take a good look at our lives and recognise that it is us that needs to change. And that change can happen when we ask for forgiveness from God and accept His Son Christ Jesus into our hearts. That’s when real change starts and we recognise that we need to put the needs of others above our own. Jesus said when asked what was the greatest commandment,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
In coming to faith in Christ Jesus we learn to love God, ourselves and consequently we learn to love our neighbours; whoever they may be.
Let’s learn to love others as we love ourselves and stop the cycle.