The accusation has been made. All sides of the story will be played out. People will be left to decide. Did Peyton Manning take HGH drugs? His dilemma, how does he respond? What are his options? They are the same as ours whenever accusations are made against us! Here are the options.
One is to say nothing. He could keep his mouth shut. No denial. No acknowledgment of truthfulness to the accusation. If he were to remind quiet, he would be subject to the same results you and I receive if we were to remain silent against accusations made toward us. Our silence would be accepted as admittance to false allegations. No matter how guiltless we are, people who know the good integrity of our character will think us guilty.
Therefore, the second option. Peyton Manning could cry from the highest mountain his innocence. Peyton may be guilty or not. His integrity to this point speaks towards a belief in his innocence. Like, Peyton, we could be extremely angry at false and unbelievable allegations. We can deny virgoriously mean, hurtful and untruth whenever they are launched against us.
The reaction of others? Peyton, you, and me are all guilty. Why else would we be screaming and vehemently denying false allegations. There you have it. The dilemma. Whatever the response, however untrue the allegations, the vast majority of those unknown to us will think us guilty even in the midst of false allegations.
So what’s the answer? Say nothing or maintain your defense? A combination of both? The Holy Bible states our actions are known to God. Ultimately He is to be regarded as the most important factor in the equation. He knows the truth. Based on that revelation, we act proportionately.
The Holy Bible also teaches our sins will find us out (numbers 32:23). We can run from allegations but if they are true it will come to light. Honesty is an integrity found most valuable and elusive in our society today.
We respond by showing ourselves quiet when lead and calmly answering false accusations knowing our truth rests in God’s knowledge when lead otherwise. It is not an all or nothing proposition.
People have a tendency to believe lies over truth. They seem to gravitate to lies more than truth. It’s been said a lie will find its way around the world before truth ever puts on its shoes!
Part one of this dilemma is how to respond to allegations. Part two is trying to figure why people would believe false allegations when they know you better than to believe such false statements. That’s for another day.
Until next time,