Have you ever falsely accused somebody of something and later discovered that your accusation was false? Perhaps you accused your spouse of eating the last slice of pie only later to find out that it was one of the kids? I think we all have both made and received false accusations. It is part of the human condition.
Rarely do we give thanks for false accusations. The more serious the false accusation, the deeper the real cut. However, Christianity would very likely not exist today if not for the greatest false accusation of all time. Jesus was falsely accused of blasphemy by the Pharisees. This is unprecedented because He was the only one to ever walk on this earth and live a sinless life. Some of His “crimes” in Jerusalem immediately prior to Passover included healing on the Sabbath,
turning over the tables of the money changers that had turned the temple into a den of thieves. He also stopped the stoning of a woman accused of adultery by challenging those without sin to cast the first stone.
As is often the case, false accusations speak much, much more loudly about the character of the accuser than the one being accused. So, what is the cause of false accusations? They are clearly intended to separate the Body of Christ and the
accuser is being used as a vessel of the enemy. God allows us free will but will fight and rescues those that seek His face. “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). God uses our suffering and adversity to prepare us for a closer relationship with Him and a more meaningful ministry to others.
Without these false accusations against Jesus, the subsequent crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and forgiveness of our sins would not be possible. The false accusation was imperative to initiate this important series of events upon which we base our faith. This is not intended to encourage you to falsely accuse your neighbor. A false accusation is perhaps the highest backhanded compliment that you can receive from the enemy. It means that he knows you have a glorious future of leading others to Christ and he wants to destroy
you by the words of others or even better by suicide. I always enjoy a good challenge and have been told at various points in my life – you cannot achieve this or that. My determination is always strengthened and I make it a mission to achieve it faster and better than before.
The best way to avoid false accusations is to privately and gently talk to the other person one on one. Matthew 8:15 advises us on how to deal with conflict. “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” Think before you speak. The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). False accusations bring death but kindness and encouragement bring life.
Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for 18 years and Quality Manager for Eco Environmental (Louisville, KY) for 2 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.