The internet is dangerous.

It makes it possible for you to reduce people to ideas.  It makes it possible to say really nasty and thoughtless things about people that you would never say to their face.

Over the past week I’ve had some weird comments made about me.  

On Tuesday, one of my coworkers was asking me how I was feeling about it all and I told him:

‘Ya know.  Whatevs. No big d’.

But a more accurate and honest response would have been:

‘Uhhhhh…weird? Cause it’s weird?  Cause those things aren’t even true!’

One of my hot buttons is being misunderstood.

I’ll be the first to raise my hand and tell you that I am indeed the worst of sinners; that I am indeed the problem with the Church, but it’s hard to know what to do with accusations that don’t seem accurate.

I hate the feeling of being charged with something I don’t think I did.

But it’s good for me.  Cause all this has me thinking a lot about Jesus and the Cross and the Gospel and Sin.

And Spurgeon:

Brother, if any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. If he charges you falsely on some point, yet be satisfied, for if he knew you better he might change the accusation, and you would be no gainer by the correction. If you have your moral portrait painted, and it is ugly, be satisfied; for it only needs a few blacker touches, and it would be still nearer the truth.

There is no feedback that we could hear that would paint us in too harsh a light.  We have more weaknesses than we see.

Here’s the deal: there is only one Person who would be justified to truly raise His hands and protest full innocence to any charge against Him.

And yet, despite His innocence, He is the one who has taken on the punishment for all my crimes.

That means that no accusation against me will stand; not the ones that are crazy and not the ones that are right and true.

The great news of being found in Christ is that we are able to see our failures without it effecting our worth or value.

When you feel defensiveness rise in you, when you feel the urge to defend or protest that the charges against you are wrong or too harsh, remind yourself that there is more darkness in you than you know, but Jesus is a greater light than you have yet dreamed, and it’s on His righteousness we stand.

4 thoughts on “Accusations

  1. The sentiment of this post is rich in encouragement, and I appreciate your words as one currently struggling deeply. I came across your post after seeing someone link it on Facebook.

    However, there is value in self-reflection or accountability. The danger I see in this perspective can be for the proud. Those that do not care for accountability, correction, or exhortation – because their perceive their way as inerrant. Of course there will be those with their opinions that throw shallow judgments across the room, but we cannot discount genuine accountability for the sake of saying no accusation against me can stand.

    While I understand we must not let discouragement rob us of our joy in ministry, we also must not enable the proud to believe that they have a license to disregard accountability.

    Proverbs 27:17 ESV – Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

    Matthew 18:15-17 ESV – “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

    Galatians 6:1-2 ESV – Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

    Colossians 3:16 ESV – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

  2. Hey Fabs, I totally stand behind what you’ve written, but I love your humility. We have some ugliness in our hearts for sure, even when we are in the right. Thanks girl!

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