Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Common Excuses and/or Justifications for Irresponsibility

• Pass the buck. “The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’” (Genesis 3:12).
• I did not wake up in time.
• He disobeyed me, so I lost my temper.
• My wife is not loveable.
• She does not respect me.
• I need time alone.
• I needed that extra Harley Davidson (or shotgun or fishing rod or video game).
• I told her I loved her when we got married. Didn’t she believe me?
• The boss is too hard.
• The boss doesn’t know his job.

All these excuses are based on one of two things:

• Your own selfishness
• Blaming your actions (or lack of action) on the other guy

This is a partial list. It could easily be much longer. Your response may be, “Let’s be real,” or, “A man would have to be godly to be responsible.” Men who make the second objection should not get married. Does that mean I want him to have irresponsible sex instead of responsible sex? No. A man is not allowed to be immoral just because he does not get married.

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