Here is a notion I had while out on a bike ride. I was riding on a Sunday morning around the Square in Independence. Lots of churches here. No church, apparently, wanted to be unrepresented. So, I am riding and I am thinking, “all these people going to church, why is the world so jacked up?” Then a ponderable dropped into my noggin. “What if the world is so jacked up because of God?” I know people who, no matter what calamity or misfortune you mention, always attribute it to Satin. Or they say it is man’s sinful and rebellious nature. God is the good one, we, and satin, and all his minions are the bad ones. Funny thing though, on this same bike ride I went by the Truman house, and the Truman Museum. Independence is where he lived. So we have lots of Harry Truman stuff around the neighborhood. Including metal signs with a silhouette of Truman walking, which I find particularly ironic because I can’t help but think of the silhouettes left on the ground in Hiroshima and Nagasaki from people who were evaporated by the atomic bomb. But that is a digression. Truman, or course, famous for the drooping of the bombs, was also famous for the slogan “The Buck Stops Here” This beloved slogan apparently means that no matter what is going on in America, the ultimate responsibility to deal with it stops at the President’s desk. This is the sort of accountability we want form our leaders. The refusal to “pass the buck” down the line, or offer blame and finger pointing instead of ownership. Hum. Shouldn’t God’s desk have a “The Buck Stops Here” sign on it too? But no one blames God for the mess. This despite his supernatural and omnipotent powers. (And the fact that he supposedly created all this) The blame is always shifted back to us (blame the victim) or put off on some imaginary villainous foil and his army of mischief makers. It never really occurred to me before, but what a ridiculous notion it is to think of God, the creator of life, the universe, and everything, standing there pointing his finger at everything but himself. God blaming others for the mess his creation is in. If God made it, and it’s a catastrophe, doesn’t God have some responsibility? I don’t know. I am certainly no Theologian or Management expert, but some times I have to shake my head and grimace at the crap that gets passed off as leadership. Even from the uber powerful.