The Mines of King Solomon (part 14)

I just could not help but think about Basil when I read Proverbs 19,3. People ruin their lives by their own stupidity. Why is God always blamed for that and pilloried? Basil? Who is Basil? Basil Fawlty is the main character of the very successful British comedy show Fawlty Towers and is played by John Cleese. Basil is a cynical, rude, paranoid man who runs a hotel on the seaside town of Todquay in England. He dispels his anger at others by blaming her for his own stupidities. The victim is mostly the spanish waiter Manuel. With the sentence We are sorry. He is from Barcelona. Basil blames him for everything and everyone. In a scene Basil completely loses his nerves. It burns and Basil tries to find the key to trigger the fire alarm manually, but he has misplaced the key. Instead of blaming people or objects (like his car) for the situation as usual, he clenches his fist to heaven and screams cynically loud Thank you God! Many Thanks! Are you like Basil? Are you always guilty of others and even of God if something bad happens to you?

  • If you pass an exam, you say I actually passed, but my teacher just does not like me.
  • If you lose patience, was it because you were provoked?
  • If your team loses, was it because the referee was biased?
  • If you have mental health problems, is it always your parents, siblings, grandparents' fault?

You can continue this list as you like. But they all have one thing in common: the idea that you yourself are always the innocent victim. It is not just Basil's problem that blaming others for a bad thing - it's also deeply embedded in our nature and is part of our family tree. When we blame others, we do exactly what our ancestors did. When they disobeyed God, Adam blamed Eve and God and Eve blamed the serpent (1, Moses 3, 12-13).

But why did they react that way? The answer helps us understand what made us the people we are today. Even today, this scenario is still taking place. Imagine this scene: Satan comes to Adam and Eve and entices them to eat from the tree. His purpose is to defeat God's plan for them and the people who came after them. Satan's method? He told them a lie. You can become just like God. How would you react if you were Adam and Eve and heard these words? They look around and see that everything is perfect. God is perfect, he has created a perfect world and has total control over this perfect world and all that is in it. This perfect world is just the thing for a perfect God.

It's not hard to imagine what Adam and Eve thought:
If I can become like God then I am perfect. I will be the best and have total control over my life and everything else around me! Adam and Eve fall into the noose of Satan. They disobey God's commandments and eat of the forbidden fruit in the garden. They exchange the truth of God with a lie (Rom 1,25). To their horror, they realize that they are anything but divine. Worse, they are less than a few minutes ago. Even if they are surrounded by God's infinite love, they lose any sense of being loved. They are embarrassed, ashamed and plagued with guilt. Not only did they not obey God, but they realize that they are not perfect and are not in control of anything - they are completely inadequate. The couple, who are no longer comfortable in their skins and whose spirits are shrouded in darkness, use fig leaves as an emergency, use fig leaves as an emergency clothing and try to hide their shame from each other. I will not let you know that I am not perfect - you will not find out how I really am because I am ashamed of it. Their lives are based on the assumption that they can only be loved if they are perfect.

Is it really surprising, then, if we still struggle with thoughts like "I'm worth nothing and not important anyway"? So here we are. Adam and Eve's understanding of who God is and who they are has been confused. Although they knew about God, they did not want to worship or thank Him as God. Instead, they began to make absurd notions of God, and their minds darkened and became confused (Rom 1,21 New Life Bible). Like poisonous garbage thrown into a river, this lie and what it brought along has spread and contaminated humanity. The fig leaves are cultivated to this day.

Making others responsible for something and looking for excuses is a huge mask that we set up because we can not confess to ourselves and to others that we are anything but perfect. That is why we lie, we exaggerate and look for the culprit in others. If something goes awry at work or at home, it's not my fault. We wear these masks to hide our feelings of shame and worthlessness. Just look! I am perfect. Everything works in my life. But behind this mask comes the following: If you knew me as I really am, you would not love me anymore. But if I can prove to you that I have everything under control, then you will accept and like me. Act has become part of our identity.

What can we do? Recently I lost my car keys. I looked in my pockets, in all the rooms of our house, in the drawers, on the floor, in every corner. Unfortunately I have to say, ashamed, that I blamed my wife and children for the absence of the keys. After all, everything runs smoothly for me, I have everything under control and lose nothing! Finally, I found my keys - in the ignition of my car. No matter how meticulous and long I searched, I would never have found my car keys in my house or in my family's possessions because they just were not there. When we look elsewhere for the causes of our problems, we will rarely find them. Because they are not to be found there. They are usually simple in our own selves. Man's folly leads him astray, and yet his heart rages against the LORD (Spr 19, 3). Admit it if you have made a mistake and take responsibility! But most importantly, try to stop being the perfect person you need to be mine. Stop believing that you will only be accepted and loved if you are that perfect person. In the Fall, we lost our true identity, but when Jesus died on the cross, the lie of conditional love died forever. Do not believe this lie, but believe that God is pleased with you, that you accept them and love them unconditionally, regardless of your feelings, your weaknesses, and even your stupidity. Support this fundamental truth. You do not have to prove yourself and others. Do not blame others on their shoes. Do not be a Basil.

by Gordon Green

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