Blameshifting

Another result of the fall of man (see Genesis 3) is that we become blameshifters. That is, when confronted with our fault, our sin, or some deficiency. I wrote a few weeks ago of having seen shame and embarassment in Ethan for the first time. He has also shown the blameshifting and this at least is humorous (it won’t always be!). When is questioned as to whether he has a “stinky” diaper, he is always quick to respond. The problem is that he blames Kara! He quickly calls our “Baby!”, which is what he calls Kara. It may actually be true from time to time, but it is not true all the time. The other day I asked him if he had a stinky diaper and he gave the expected response (blaming Kara). However, Kara was not in the room, nor had she been in the room. I do not believe that we have taught Ethan to blameshift…again, I believe it points to the Fall.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by W Sofield on June 1, 2005 at 6:55 pm

    In a world that dotes so much on children, thinking they are perfect, it is refreshing to hear the truth about a child from his father. On the other hand, there are worlds (even in our country) where children are not loved nor respected. I suppose it is the tendency of all of us to forget the glory or the ruin of every human being.

    Your post reminds me of Augustine’s Confessions (chapter 7, verses 11 and 12). He tells us that infants seem to be innocent only because they lack the physical strength to show us their sin by demanding their mother’s milk and they lack the verbal fortitude to let us know how jealous they are of another infant at their mother’s breast.

    http://www.ccel.org/pager.cgi?&file=a/augustine/confessions/confessions-bod.html&from=4.3&up=a/augustine/confessions/confessions.html

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