A couple of months ago a co-worker started telling co-workers that I was having an affair with the boss. It was my first experience being accused of something I didn’t do. I led a Christian nonprofit for seven years, and though we weren’t without our share of drama, I never had anyone make a false accusation about my behavior.
This type of situation is an opportunity to demonstrate who we are. It’s an opportunity to let people know we are different. Our reaction in a situation like this will either demonstrate a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, or a lack of one. Now we all sin, but as Christians we should strive to demonstrate the fruit that comes with salvation.
An Opportunity to Demonstrate Christ
I have to be honest and say that I really don’t want to love and serve the person who made a false accusation against me. I don’t want to show her grace, mercy and patience. I wanted to strike out at her. I wanted her to realize that I didn’t deserve to be accused of having an affair. I am a Christian! How dare you!
Yet, I remembered Joseph. Joseph is my hero. I try to emulate his example of how to life the Christian life. When Joseph worked for Potiphar his wife asked Joseph to go to bed with her. Joseph refused. This didn’t stop her. She tried again. This time Joseph ran away from her. When he did he left his cloak and she used it to accuse Joseph of sleeping with her.
Because of the cloak Potiphar believed that Joseph had disgraced him. He was furious and had Joseph put in prison. A pretty steep price to pay for something you didn’t do. Genesis 39:20 states,
“But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.”
What About Us?
Getting accused of something I haven’t done has caused a lot of drama at work, but not for me. Though I am not happy that someone has accused me I know that I am right before God, and that is all that matters. I have not sinned in my heart or physically. I have nothing to fear.
I walk with God. I live before Him. When I live and work as before God I will be able to respond in a Christ like-manner. I will remember that God prospers us when we are persecuted and uses these experiences to grow and mold us.
Christ too was accused, and that makes Him the perfect intercessor. When we go to Him He understands. His accusers were able to have Him killed, but His death was a part of God’s redemptive plan. Christ responded with love and kindness, and asks us to follow His example.
When you are falsely accused remember God. Remember that you have been given the opportunity to show the world the light. Through you they can seek Christ. You never know when this will lead to an opportunity for you to share the gospel, and help your accuser become a fellow brother or sister in Christ. That is what this is all about.
Serving and savoring Christ,