Who's responsible?

I just ran across this article on the web that basically blamed rap music for teen pregnancy. Let me first say that I don't like a lot of the rap music that is out there because of it's filthy content and the way that it glorifies a hedonistic and materialistic lifestyle. Many rappers spew forth lyrics that treat women as no more than sex objects at best and they do give a distorted view of what relationships are all about. But, can we really blame a song for our actions?

It's time to start addressing what it means to be responsible for our own actions. Sure, someone can influence you do just about anything, but unless they use force they cannot make you do those things. James addresses this in his epistle (James 1:14) that we sin when we allow ourselves to become enticed by our own desires. The devil didn't make us do anything; instead, we choose to follow our own desires and temptations.

James also writes in 4:7 that if we submit to God and resist the devil, then the devil will flee. That means that God is more powerful than the devil and if we are walking with the Lord we, too, can resist him with power. It's time to stop making excuses for the poor decisions that we make in our lives. We need to own up to our failures and trust in the Lord for our strength.

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