Most all of us have heard the phrase, “The Buck Stops Here.” The meaning of that phrase is Responsibility is not passed on beyond this point. Where that phrase originated is much debated. Many believed [including myself] it originated with President Harry Truman but history proves it pre-dated Turman.
I am not sure the following is the origin of the phrase but I like it.
Most men in the early west carried a jackknife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was.
When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn’t want to deal he would “pass the buck” to the next player. If that player accepted then “the buck stopped there”.
While the origin of this phrase is up for debate, the meaning is clear and is applicable today. People [the individual] need to accept responsibility for their actions. Criminals often try to pass the blame for their actions on a variety of ’causes.’ Student passes the blame for not having their homework done. (The dog ate my homework.) Politicians, when caught in unethical or illegal behavior, will refuse responsibility and claim they were unaware of the deeds.
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:12
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak... Matthew 12:36
There is not much “wiggle room” in the matter of accepting responsibility for our actions.