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Let the Blames Begin

The origins of irresponsibility
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Taking Responsibility for Your Life". See series.


In this series we're going to be talking about taking responsibility. Each week I want you to ask yourself, "Am I taking responsibility for my life—really?"

Responsibility is not a difficult concept to grasp, nor is irresponsibility. Irresponsibility is when I don't take responsibility for the things I am responsible for. And irresponsibility, a bit like greed and some other subtle sins, is almost impossible to see in the mirror. I can see it in other people quickly, but irresponsibility is almost impossible to see in myself, and it is all around us.

I feel like in some ways our whole culture is becoming less and less responsible—that more and more, irresponsibility is almost celebrated. Our affluence as a culture has something to do with that. But there is also a strange confusion around the issue of civil rights in our culture, specifically around the Constitutional rights of the individual given to those of us in the United States of America. I don't think it was meant to be this way from the beginning.

Some of you know more about this than I do, but there is a new twist on civil rights that goes something like this: The Constitution has given me certain rights; therefore, I have the right to be irresponsible, and you don't have the right to hold me accountable. I have the right to do whatever I want to do and say whatever I want to say and act any way I want to act. You don't have the right to hold me responsible. At the same time, you are responsible to clean up the mess that I create through my irresponsibility. You are responsible to foot the bill that I have created through my irresponsibility. As an American citizen, my civil rights give me the opportunity to act irresponsibly, but you don't ...

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Andy Stanley is pastor of North Point Community Church in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

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Sermon Outline:


I. The nature of irresponsibility

II. The story of irresponsibility

III. Irresponsibility and blame

IV. Two challenges