The Blame Game
There is a mystery in 1 Kings 11:1-13. How could such a wise person be so stupid? How could someone who knew right from wrong choose wrong? How could the one who had built the temple of God now destroy the temple of his life? These scriptures want to blame it on the foreign women that Solomon married. If that wasn’t enough, the scripture names Solomon’s old age as a contributing factor.
Don’t we love the convenience of having others to blame, and add to that old age? I kept the faith for most of my life, but someone turned my head and I was old so I slipped and fell. My sin was all because of those other people.
One of my favorite sayings is a quote attributed to Yogi Berra, “It’s not over until it’s over.” The Christian life isn’t over until the final trumpet sounds. The faith that one comes to in life is to be held onto until life is over. The righteousness to which we are called is to be with us where in the presence of Almighty God we hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant….”
It’s a tragic life that has so much to give, so powerful a witness, and throws it all away in the final years of life.
The steward’s action is the ability to hold on to the Christian life and make that life a life of service. It is the strength of righteousness not to allow anything, or anyone, to deter us from our life as stewards of what God has given us.
—Rev. Don Alexander
- Would you agree or disagree that many adults are influenced by their culture? That we are influenced by the opinions of others? Reflect on your answers.
- Do you believe the saying, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth have been set on edge?” Is that true of what happened to Solomon? (vs. 12-13)
- In verse 6 the scripture writer compares Solomon to his father, David. Do you think this is fair?
How Do I Act?
- Acknowledge the older people in church and thank them for their faithfulness. Plan a gathering speaking to those persons through music, decorations, dress, etc. This will make it fun for all who attend no matter their age. It will be remembering for some, and learning for others.
- Prepare for the Advent season by making plans to share with each other the living presence of the Christ in your home, business and church.
- Start now to make a list of New Year’s resolutions that will support the elderly of your church all year long. Make some preliminary plans for carrying out these ideas.
- Visit nursing homes and the homebound and spend more time listening to them. Make a video for your church library. These will be priceless for church and family members later.