Who's Responsible?

Lou Lotz

READ : Luke 22:14-23

“The Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” (v. 22)

Mark Twain said he wanted an attorney who had only one arm. How come? So the attorney could never say, “On the other hand.”

Unfortunately, some truths require two hands. On the one hand, Judas’ betrayal is the fulfillment of God’s own plan: “The Son of Man is going as it has been determined.” But on the other hand, Judas is responsible for his treachery: “Woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”

If the deed is inevitable, then how can Judas be responsible for it? And if Judas is responsible for it, then how can it be inevitable? Some truths require two hands.

How responsible are we for our actions? To some degree, I suppose, we are shaped by factors beyond our control: genetics, heredity, our upbringing. But I wince to hear people trace their sins to every door but their own, as though they were victims of providence.

It may be arrogant to suggest that we are masters of our fate. But it is ludicrous to believe that we are victims of fate. Not masters are we, nor victims, but co-creators. Let us not blame our genes or our parents for sins we could have avoided.


Lord, when I am tempted, give me your strength.