We’ve all made poor excuses, passing the buck to others in order to explain why we are not guilty. Yes, someone else is responsible. They did it, not me. If you want someone to blame, blame them.
It’s human nature to make excuses, but some of them are more pathetic than others. And when thinking about some recent political comments, a common thread could be clearly identified. It’s “the people,” not me. And “the people” have their reasons.
Going back to the book of Exodus in the Bible, Aaron, the brother of Moses, made one of the worst excuses ever recorded.
He and the children of Israel had just heard God’s voice thundering from Mount Sinai with these unmistakable words: “You shall not make for yourself any graven idol, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water below the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Ex. 20:4-5a).
Yet, as Moses lingered on Mount Sinai, meeting with the Lord, the people became restless and asked Aaron to make for them the image of a god to worship, which he did, forging the infamous golden calf.
When Moses came down from the mountain he was stunned and angry. He “said to Aaron, ‘What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?
“Aaron said, ‘Do not let the anger of my lord burn. You know that the people are set on evil. For they said to me, “Make a god for us which will go before us, for this Moses, the man that brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” I said to them, “Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.’ So they gave it to me, and then I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out”‘” (Ex. 32:21-24).
Yes, those wicked people pressured me, and I threw their jewelry into the fire—”and this calf came out!”
It just happened. Plus, it wasn’t me. “Moses, you know that the people are set on evil.”
This reference to “people” calls to mind the Representative Ilhan Omar’s horrific description of the 9/11 terrorist attacks: “some people did something.” It’s painful even to type those words.
How it downplays the depth of evil involved and how it minimizes the agonizing losses that still haunt some of the victims and their families to this day.
“Some people did something?” What an outrage.
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SOURCE: Charisma News