The IRS Scandal: Eden Revisited

Like most Americans, I am disgusted by the IRS targeting scandal.  With every lost email and flimsy excuse and feigned expression of outrage by sweaty-palmed  politicians who are secretly wishing the whole thing would just go away, I grow increasingly cynical.  I’m glad my hope is not in the government, otherwise I would probably be rooting through the medicine cabinet, looking for the razor blades.

Maybe this is how God felt way back in the Garden of Eden when he held his own hearing among the palm fronds and chirping crickets.

“What did you do, Adam?”

“Who, me? ”

“Yes, you.  What’s that little dribble of juice on your chin?”

And immediately Adam went into excuse mode.  With no technology and no Constitution, he couldn’t blame lost emails or invoke the Fifth Amendment, so he opted for the next best strategy…throwing his wife under the bus.  (I’m betting he slept on the couch that night.)

What is it that makes us so prone to try to cover up or make excuses for our failures?  More to the point, after thousands of years of evidence to the contrary, why do we still think cover-ups and excuses work?  That we are sinful is obvious, but are we also stupid?

I refuse to answer to keep from incriminating myself.

Here’s a piece of advice: admit it when you mess up.  Don’t lie or plead ignorance.  Don’t try to make yourself out to be a victim.  And above all, don’t throw your wife (or anyone else) under the bus.  If you did it, own it.  Any other choice will lead you into deeper problems than you already have, both in the here and now and the hereafter.

Proverbs 28:13 says, “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”



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2 Responses to The IRS Scandal: Eden Revisited

  1. Robert Malkemes says:

    We all make mistakes- agree with you- our issue is not the mistake but our failure to,own up to it, and then take action to avoid similar mistakes… I have lost count hearing people make excuses for their actions….how about”I really messed up didn’t I?”
    Sorry– so simple — so very hard to do.

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