Dealing with False Accusations

October 01, 2018 0 Comments

The recent accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have dominated the news cycle this past week. Both sides claim to be telling the truth, but we know that there can be only one truth in this matter. It is obvious to me that no matter how this turns out, a lot of people are going to be upset and disgusted with the political wrangling that goes on in Washington.
There are several examples in the Bible of those who had to deal with false allegations against their moral character and their integrity. Let's look at three of these illustrations:
FIRST, there is the account of Joseph, who fled from the sexual advances of Potiphar's wife (Gen. 39). Because Joseph maintained his integrity and rebuffed her advances, she became revengeful and leveled an untrue accusation against him of sexual assault. Joseph is one of the great examples in the Bible of how to resist and flee from temptation. Nevertheless, he was falsely accused and ended up in prison for something he did not do. Yet, he did not become bitter against God, and knew in his heart he was innocent of these awful charges. Whenever we are falsely accused, let us remember this is the price we sometimes have to pay for staying true to our convictions. Peter calls it "suffering for righteousness' sake". I predict that Christians everywhere are going to experience more and more of this kind of suffering, because we live in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to our core beliefs.
SECOND, there is the account of Daniel. After he was elevated to a position of great authority (by interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's dream), the three governors who were under him conspired to find fault in him, out of sheer jealousy. "So the governors sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error of fault found in him" (Dan. 6:4). Wow! What a testimony Daniel had. The evil intentions of these jealous political rulers was quite obvious, for they went to great lengths to find something whereby they might accuse him. Let us learn a valuable lesson here. Let us live our lives in such a way that we are "blameless" before God and man. Those who hate everything we stand for are looking for things in our conduct that they can use against us. Let's not give them the ammunition they need to shoot at us.
THIRD, there is the example of Christ Himself. "Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward and said: This fellow said, I am able to destroy this temple of God and to build it again in three days" (Matt. 27:59-61). The Sanhedrin actually went out trying to find false witnesses to testify (much like what the Democrats are doing right now). Even though Jesus was falsely accused and condemned to die, He never fought back or retaliated against His accusers. "Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously" (I Pet. 2:23). It's certainly OK to maintain your innocence when falsely charged, but if you end up suffering from an unfair verdict, you must follow the example of Christ who said: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do".

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.