Devotional Text: Luke 23: 1-12
Text: And when (Pilate) learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was in fact in Jerusalem at that time. (v. 7)
Passing the buck. Not taking responsibility. Letting someone else do it. All far too common occurrences today. In another gospel Pilate ceremonially washes his hands when he’s afraid to do what he believes to be right. He was afraid of the crowd, of being unpopular. (Matthew 27:24)
Buck passing is as old as Eden. When God asked Adam if he ate of the forbidden fruit, Adam answered by passing the buck to Eve saying, “The woman YOU gave me, made me do it.” In other words, it was God’s fault! Eve, in turn, blamed the serpent. And so it went and goes today.
In what we refer to as The Sermon on the Mount Jesus said “let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.” (Matthew 5:37) Take responsibility. Admit when you are wrong. Confess your sin because by not doing any of these things we are simply fooling ourselves, “and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8)
When we live into our call, though, we become truer reflections of the image of God.
Lord God, give me the courage to take responsibility and not make excuses. When I am tempted to “fudge” the truth or “pass the buck”, remind me of Jesus’ example and teachings. Amen.