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16th Sunday after Pentecost


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Sermon Excerpt: Playing the Blame Game Ezek 18 and Matt 21, by Rev. Karen Goltz

I am a native Bostonian.  I know I donít sound like it, but I am.  And as such, I was raised to believe in the Curse of the Bambino.  Most of you probably know what Iím talking about: the reason why the Boston Red Sox were unable to win the World Series for eighty-six years.  Every time they got close and lost, or didnít even get close at all, it was because they were cursed.  It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they werenít playing very well, or at least not as well as the teams they were playing against.  No, it wasnít their faultóthey were losing because of the Curse.  That was our excuse and we were sticking to it.  Because of course it was easier to blame the Curse than to hold our team responsible for their playing.  Blame the Curse, not the teamís performance.  So then, why are we attributing their 2004 win to their superior playing?  What happened to the Curse?  Could it be that it never existed?  If we can claim responsibility for the good, why not the bad?  What would happen if, instead of making excuses for our failures, we took responsibility for them?

And Iím not just talking about baseball.  Blaming others for our problems is an epidemic in our society.  People pass the buck and attempt to take the attention and the blame away from themselves by pointing at someone or something else.  Genetics are a big scapegoat.  ďIím overweight because my mother was overweight, and I inherited her slow metabolism.Ē  ďI have a drinking problem because my parents were alcoholics.Ē.....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon manuscript.