The innocent one accused does not often understand the motive of the smear monger. It is difficult for the guiltless to fathom why this is happening to them. If the accuser can take the limelight off themselves and put it on a scapegoat, their illegal activity gets minimal investigation, especially if the conniving accuser is considered to be an upright citizen. The worse the allegations, the worse it is for the one bearing the brunt of the lies.
Instead, a person who is blameless may have to contend with home invasions where every personal item is searched—the sanctity of the home being violated. That in itself is illegal. The person, whether it is a woman or man, may experience various types of harassment, food contamination and even shunning. Is this done in the name of justice?
Vandalism may occur when parents speak in derogatory terms of disrespect about the falsely accused around their children. Do you think the parent’s attitude may give free rein for prankster-type harassment by their children/teenagers? Would the teenagers feel they have justification for their actions?
If law enforcement has been led to believe these false allegations, what do you think will happen to that person? There will always be suspicions and watchfulness. Even people who have been exonerated live under a black cloud of doubt and distrust. I have heard stories of people who have been proven innocent but still say, “My life has been ruined.”
It is a rare and exquisite gift to have friends who know a person well enough to realize preposterous allegations are untrue. Knowledgeable and compassionate friends stand with the person, through thick or thin. Friends of this caliber are irreplaceable because they give shelter from life’s storms. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, not the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
The sustaining thought one can have when falsehoods are submitted against them is that the Lord is with them. They know when they stand before God that it is only His judgement that matters. If a person can pass from this life with a clean conscience and truthful heart, he can look upon the face of God without flinching or shame. Because God will know.
1 Peter 4:17 “For it is time for judgement to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (NIV)
©Ann Rains, February, 2019
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