“It’s foolish to ignore the societal variables that drive destructive behavior.”
“No! You don’t blame society. You blame the person who did it.”
And so the debate rages on, in different ways at different places and times...
I thought of this when I was studying the Bible recently. Aaron, the high priest, succumbed to popular pressure and made a golden-calf idol during Moses’ 40-day absence from the people (Exodus 32:1-4, cf. 24:18). Then, after he saw some problems coming, he tried to channel the peoples’ energy towards proper worship of the Lord (32:5). But the people followed their own desires and sank into an unholy revelry (32:4,6). And when Moses came down from the mountain he confronted Aaron about it (32:21). Aaron responded in two ways that are pretty typical of people who try to deny responsibility…
But in spite of all the ways that people can manipulate and cause problems, God still works to clear out things that would hold us back. This involves four parts…
God bless you.
Andrew McHenry, Pastor – First Congregational Church
The blog of Andrew McHenry, Pastor of First Congregational Church of Emporia, Kansas.