Every day on the news we hear the same goat trick—the circumstances made him do it—if they had more jobs there would be peace and harmony in the community, if he had a different upbringing… etc. It is something that comes quite naturally to all of us, Adam did it way back in Eden. Yet just as with the Canadian judge, God will not accept any excuses, for as far as he is concerned the buck stops with us.
A while ago I came across the story of a Swiss man caught speeding on a Canadian highway. His excuse was a classic. He blamed his actions on the lack of goats on the roads. The man was caught driving at 161 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.
The traffic officer recorded that the Swiss driver said he was taking advantage “of the ability to go faster without risking hitting a goat”.
Canadian police spokesman Joel Doiron said he had never found a goat on the highways of eastern Ontario in his 20 years of service. “I’ve never been to Switzerland, but I guess there must be a lot of goats there,” he said.
The excuse didn’t wash with the judge—he still fined him $360.
We laugh his ridiculous excuse, yet we often produce similar to excuse our disobedience of God’s laws.
Often we blame others for our actions, and we can even blame the absence of others for our sin—”If you had been here…”.
Every day on the news we hear the same goat trick—the circumstances made him do it—if they had more jobs there would be peace and harmony in the community, if he had a different upbringing… etc.