When you’ve done something wrong and you’re called on it, that stinks, right?
You feel embarrassed, ashamed, saddened, etc.
But what about when you’re accused or blamed for something that is out of your realm of responsibility?
What do you do when mud is slung in your direction and you don’t even have a dog in the fight (two idioms in one sentence…nice!)?
I work hard at my “real job”. I’ve been interpreting professionally for 5 years. I’ve been in the Deaf community for 17 years. I enjoy what I do, and I’m skilled. I have the credentials to prove it. I’m confident in my ability. However, there are times when the lines get smeared, the roles get twisted, and the expectations become skewed by clients, students, & parents. There have been times in the world of an educational interpreter when I’ve been expected to be interpreter, parent, personal secretary, tutor, and butt-wiper. Interpreter is my only job. There have been times when, due to those false expectations, the ball has been dropped by someone else but I’ve been blamed.
It is no fun to be blamed and/or receive the punishment/chastisement that someone else deserves.
But it happens.
So what do you do? How do you respond? What’s the RIGHT thing to do?
Ever had someone quit on you, when you’ve done nothing to deserve it?
Wife walked out on ya, with a sorry explanation?
Child shunned you, and you’re not sure why?
BFF ditched you and you just can’t figure it out?
Been publicly ridiculed and didn’t deserve it?
He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6b-8
The same thing happened to Jesus. And he went willingly.
He laid down His own life, willingly, for the sins of the world.
Even in His final moments on the Cross, the thief who hung next to Him hurled insults and curses at Him. And Jesus died for Him.
And Jesus died for me.
And Jesus died for you.
And for your enemies.
Jesus died for every person who has ever ridiculed you.
Jesus died for every person who will ever falsely accuse you.
Jesus died for the sins of the World.
Perfection conquered imperfection.
Love conquered hate.
Peace conquered war.
Jesus paid it all.