I confess that I enjoy the comics. Family Circus is one of my favorites because I see my own children and grandchildren in the little guys in that comic.
I remember when one of our children had committed a wrong-doing. Trying to find the guilty child was often a hard job. When I asked, “Okay, who did that?” the response from each kid was: Not me, Not me, Not me, Not me. The Family Circus illustrated this by drawing an extra ghost-like image wearing a shirt that said, Not Me.
That leads me to the question: “How do you and I react when we sin”? Do we deny a sin, blame someone else or excuse the sin because of our environment or up-bringing? Do we immediately respond by a loud, NOT ME?
In I Samuel, chapter 15, we read about God’s instructions to King Saul before he went to battle. God told King Saul to annihilate the enemy, including livestock. When questioned by Samuel, the King asserted that he had obeyed God’s instructions. But, he had not obeyed. Samuel then said to Saul, “then what is that bleating that I hear?” King Saul responded by blaming his people. He answered, “the people did this”. King Saul’s disobedience ultimately cost him his kingdom.
The Bible tells us that we are to obey God. We are held accountable for the way we live our Christian walk. In I John 1:5-7, we are told how to have fellowship with God. We must seek to give Him full obedience. Then, John tells us how to handle sin; I John 18 through 2:2 says: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But, if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteousness. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. ESV.
No more, “Not Me”! Acknowledge the sin, repent and ask for forgiveness.