THE CHARACTER OF RESPONSIBILITY

HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Responsibility (Romans 14:12-13; Galatians 6:1-5; Ephesians 6:21; 1 Peter 4:10-11) means to know and do what God, and others, expect of us. The Christian is called to remain steadfast with honesty, and then when we do something wrong, we own up to it, admit our wrong, and do all that we can to fix the problem we caused and the relationships that have been hurt. Responsibility shows us the need to guard our weakness.
Blame and Reproach are the opposites; this is where we hide from our wrong deeds, refusing to acknowledge our wrong. This further exasperates when we engage in blaming others for our mistakes. This causes undue liability to the Body of Christ and produces an atmosphere of distrust and accusations.
Responsibility implies accountability! It is a very dangerous approach to life to refuse to be accountable or responsible. I find it very interesting how Enron and the various other American companies that have falsified their accounting records and reporting, defrauded countless thousands of people for years and nobody seemed to care until it all unravelled. How British American Insurance and CLICO in the Caribbean has destroyed the lives of so many people and there is no redress. Only then did anyone cry, “Foul!” The tactics were considered standard business practices and were taught in many MBA programs, and there are hardly any changes to the programs taught today. The dishonest gain in the eyes of the world is OK as long as you do not get caught. So, the business gurus and heroes of the 80s and 90s, who were once regarded as extremely successful and wise, are now considered shameful and foolish. Yet, because it failed, people cry fraud!
Responsibility demands that we take the character seriously. So, when we are Responsible, we do not go into the “blame game.” Responsibility is needed more now than ever before. Our culture is in conflict with Responsibility because no one values it, yet they insist on it when it affects them. Just watch the news, and see how the reporters attack people with no character, even though they may not have it themselves. The recent attacks on the Catholic Church are a prime example. Priests are leaving the church by the dozens–most because of unfounded accusations (yes the Catholic church is guilty of criminal behaviour by moving predatory priests around instead of stepping them down!). Just by having a rumour against you will often cause you to lose your position. A year ago, government officials, and the rest of the business world, because of its “creative” business practices, celebrated Trump. Today, it is loathed because of those same practices! Once they worked, now they do not. Once it was OK, now it is not. As if character once absent was not sought, as if once not needed, now it is needed! It is always better to have someone mature who knows you well to hold you accountable.

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