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One of the bitter fruits of entitlement is externalization. Townsend writes: "People with an attitude of entitlement often project the responsibility of their choices on the outside, not the inside. The fault lies with other people, circumstances, or events. They blame others for every problem." (p. 61)
The worship songs of externalization are...
"It's Them, It's Them, It's Them, O Lord, Standin' in the Need of Prayer," and...
"Change Their Hearts, O God."
Externalization-people fail to look at their part in their problems. "Instead, they default to answers outside their skin. The result? They tend to be powerless and unhappy. They tend to see life through the eyes of a victim. And their suffering is unproductive — it doesn’t get them anywhere." (Ib.)
The classic victim mentality is:
"Yes, I did what was wrong. But you forced me to do it." The "victim" persists in recruiting other people for the self-justification of evil. In this they destroy others, along with own soul.
"Blame," writes Townsend, "is a first cousin to entitlement." The constant blamer is the perpetual victim.
Forgive those who have trespassed on your heart.
My two books are:
Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.
Leading the Presence-Driven Church.