Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

February 11, 2011

Who’s to Blame?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

For the last 20 years, my ministry has focused on strengthening churches and aiding in times of difficulty and trouble.  (Yes, churches do have trouble sometimes!)

Many times the pastor had left under coercion.  Sometimes the pastor had been called to another place of ministry.  Sometimes the pastor was still the pastor of the church!  Sometimes the pastor had suddenly resigned and relocated. But, whatever was the situation, my role was to aid the pastor and the church through stormy waters.

Mine is not to cast judgment or blame.  There were times when I could have made a judgment that the pastor was at fault.  Other times I could place the problem as the congregation.  Many, many times it was a shared responsibility.  Again, this blog is not to diagnose why churches find themselves in difficult circumstances.  I simply want to share a simple story that shows how easy it is to cast blame.

A certain baseball team took the field for the first inning.  The pitcher looked around at all the players.  “Where is the first baseman?”  he shouted to the second baseman.

“He has company visiting him, and he couldn’t make it.” 

Shaking his head, the pitcher looked beyond the second baseman and realized no one was in center field.  Again, he called to the second baseman, “Why don’t we have someone in center field?”

The second basement yelled back, “He said he had a sore throat and didn’t feel like playing today.”

With a look of consternation, the pitcher raised his arms as if to express his not understanding.  As he stepped to the pitcher’s mound, his face turned toward third base.  Alas . . . no third baseman!  As if he couldn’t believe there was no player at third base, he shouted to the catcher, “Don’t we have a third baseman today?”

The catcher, with a look of disgust, responded, “He said this was the best fishing day all year, and he had gone to the river.”

With no recourse but to begin the game, the pitcher sought to do his best, along with the other players.  Of course, they were no match for their opponents being short the three players.   They lost the game 22-0.

The following day they began to warm up for another game.  The player in centerfield was there.  He called out to another player how the game went on the previous day.  “We lost 22-0!” shouted the left fielder.

The player from centerfield shouted back, “That settles it.  What we need is a new pitcher!”

Now go back and read the story and put the pastor on the mound!

We all have equal responsibility!  We must all look within ourselves before we point a finger of blame.  Jesus taught this.  John 8 records how several accused a woman of adultery.  Jesus invited those who had no sin in their life to cast the first stone in punishing her.  Amazing!  Each one who cast blame, quietly went away.  There is enough fault in all of us to be very careful in our judgments and casting blame!

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  (Ephesians 4:16)




  1. A very good point! Isn’t it strange how perfect we can consider ourselves and how wrong others are. God forgive me for not walking in people’s shoes before I ever point a finger!
    Thank you for the reminder!

    Comment by Doris — February 11, 2011 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  2. I wish that love were as easy to pass around as is blame. Thank you Pastor.

    Comment by Rebecca Emery — April 26, 2011 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: