It’s easy to blame others for our sufferings or misfortunes of life. I’ve heard many folks say, I’m like this because of my mother or my father… they were abusive, neglectful, treated me mean, favored and treated my sibling(s) better than me. My father wronged my mother or my mother wronged my father. Our family is cursed.
The Israelites did the same, blamed their forefathers for what they suffered.
But, God would not allow them to use this as an excuse. God said this, If a righteous man practice justice and righteousness and walk in the laws of God, but his son choose opposite… violence, manipulation, steal, lie, murder… or vice versa the son is righteous and the father is wicked, each one is accountable for their choice in life.
God said, “Behold (pay close attention), all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the sin of the father, nor will the father bear the punishment for the sin of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be on himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on himself,”
My g-son is a teen and we’ve been having some personal conversations. He’s experiencing peer pressure as this is common for his age group. Two words that I’ve expressed in our conversations are “accountability and responsibility.”
God held the Israelites responsible for their sins, “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each one in accordance with his conduct,” says the Lord God. Repent (change your way of thinking) and turn away from all your transgressions, so that sin may not become a stumbling block to you,” (Ezekiel 18:30).
Responsibility and accountability requires self evaluation… awareness is cognitive knowledge… choice, it’s personal…