Through the guise and lens of West African culture, emphasis placed upon responsibility for personal actions is emphatic. In Ghana, a ritualistic ceremony for newborn babies is conducted to accentuate, support, reinforce, and instill the concepts of right and wrong. Although the ceremony is conducted after only a few days of birth, the message is routinely sent to the adults present; whimsical excuses are futile and shunned in African culture.
This African custom and practice appears to be depreciating in the North American church and is close to extinction. From American and U.S. perspectives, what has happened to responsibility within the church? Notice the words of Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:20-21).
Paul refused to frustrate the grace of God and in the same epistle he acknowledged, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked” (Galatians 6:7). Today in God’s Kingdom, there is an arrogance connected to sin, through which the grace of God is frustrated. There exists an unrighteous indignation, an attitude of rebellion that has been psychologically laced, mixed, and hidden by what is miscalculated as human right. Seductively, it is nothing more than sin. The deepest right is to serve God, not the flesh.
“The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). The peace of God will keep His children, but as the church, let us stop making excuses for sin and be responsible for carrying out the mandates of God. Why become a Christian simply to engage in disobedience and the making of ridiculous excuses as if to justify the satisfaction of the flesh. If you are playing with your soul and making excuses thereof, refusing responsibility, remember, you are the clay In The Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save you today!