While recovering from jet lag in the midst of my first visit to Rome, Italy, I was stunned by a report that Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has been asked to step down from office. I immediately began to pray with an awareness that "the accuser of the brethren" is at work to silence the voices of conscience on Capitol Hill.
In The Book of Revelation (Chapter 12:10) we read, "Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, 'It has come at last — salvation and power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth — the one who accuses them before our God day and night.'"
Unproven accusations are designed to bring strife, suspicion, division, hurt and harm to humanity. Such accusations not only hurt people's reputations; they rend the fabric of the one blood/one human race community. (See Acts Chapter 17:26)
This reminds me of the tragedy of Emmett Till, unjustly slaughtered due to an accusation that was proven to be false after Emmett was brutally murdered.
Today in America this same tactic is being played and replayed where public figures are constantly being accused of crimes and/or improprieties, then "tried" in the media.
For those who are professing guilt, as they are appropriately stripped of or voluntarily abandon their seats of power, where are their paths to redemption?
Romans (Chapter 3:23-24) says, "Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins."
For those who stand accused and castrated without a trial we must ask where do they go to get their reputations, or in extreme cases such as Emmett Till, their lives back?
In John (Chapter 7:51) "Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?"
Maybe we should all pray about calling a cease fire, come to Jesus moment — and repent. Have we considered what it takes to build a reputation, and how sad it is to note how a person can be hurt by the false charges made by irresponsible or ruthless people?
Accusations poison the atmosphere in society. Unsuspecting people can come to believe the worst about their neighbors or community leaders, simply by hearing and believing false accusations. Once that vicious cycle begins, people can become motivated by a desire to accuse others.
Even as a post-abortive secondary victim of abortion, I work very had to remain in a position of repentance and forgiveness for those whom I hurt — and for those who hurt me on my journey through life. Testimony should never seek only to expose a painful wrong, but to seek healing and reveal and discover how God can make things right for all parties involved.
Enemies of Agape Love and Truth seek to have us accuse each other and cause strife and division. God’s law is the law of love, where people are led to repent, forgive and be healed; these are truths for life which are designed for us to follow.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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