Taking responsibility for your actions, no matter how difficult that may be, is what we should expect from people we respect, if not everyone. It doesn’t necessarily happen, though. Indeed, there have been some well-publicised examples of deliberate corporate irresponsibility recently. Which kind of seems to encourage us that it might be a useful ploy for us, in certain circumstances.
I guess children have to be taught, and learn, that honesty is the best policy, though the world around them may seem to say the opposite. It’s a common theme in the psalms.
Which is why Jesus is so weird, so weird it can be difficult to accept him.
He offers to take responsibility for us, lock stock and barrel. The ultimate debt transfer service. What a risk for Jesus to take, offering us this limitless heavenly credit.
But it breaks us, melts us, and gives us an honesty on a completely different level. It enables us to be responsible adults in a world-changing way.
Are you have to be child enough to receive and live in it. There’s no other way.