In Genesis 3:1-13, when Adam and Eve sinned by eating the forbidden fruit, they tried to hide from God.
But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
In that moment, Adam had a choice: accept responsibility for his actions or blame someone else. Adam chose to blame.
The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?”
In that moment, Eve had a choice: accept responsibility for her actions or blame someone else. Eve chose to blame.
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
In our homes, it’s easy to blame each other when we’re afraid or angry or feeling lazy.