THE ACCUSING FINGER

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

The accusing finger comes when one looks at someone with an accusing expression or speaks to them in an accusing tone of voice.  Such may be in reference to a supposed crime, moral deficiencies, dishonesty, falsehoods, or misbehavior.

Scripture points out that a good name is better than precious ointment (Ecclesiastes 7:1).  There are those today who readily challenge a person's character; oftentimes having little evidence to support an accusation.  There are times when this character assassination is attempted in order to injure or destroy a person's reputation; for political or personal gain. 

THE ACCUSING FINGER
CHARACTER ASSASSINATION

The accusing finger towards an individual is sometimes justified when backed up by undeniable evidence.  However, it is becoming more prominent in our society to first make the accusation; with little attempt to supply sufficient evidence to support such a charge.  This readily falls under character assassination that could mar the reputation of the individual attacked.

There are investigative bodies instituted that first look at the evidence before making formal charges.  The person charged then goes before the judicial system to ascertain whether they are guilty or not.  This system normally reaches the truth of the matter. 

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

The accusing finger is pointed towards targeted individuals through the mainstream media, social media, and individuals who hold no supportive evidence other than unsubstantiated sources.  Again, when one falls under the scope of such an accusation it can mar one's credibility or good name. 

Scripture points out that to judge others is to condemn oneself:  You are inexcusable, whosoever you are that judges: for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you that judges does the same things....and think you this, that judges....that you shall escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:1-3).

APOSTLE PAUL TARGETED

Scripture tells of a time that the apostle Paul was targeted; with supposed wrongdoing on his part, by the high priest and elders, along with an orator who spoke against Paul.  The charge: We have found this man a plague, and a creator of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world and a ring-leader of the sect of the Nazarene (Acts 24:1-5).

Paul's response to the allegations against him:  I went up to Jerusalem to worship.  And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither inciting the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me (Acts 24:11-13).

Paul was having the accusing finger pointed at him; in hopes that it would silence his effectiveness as a witness for Christ.  Paul was able to amply field his defense through God utilizing him as a spokesman for the Lord.  He was fulfilling prophecy of his being a servant of Christ and the cost it would involve.

POLITICAL OR PERSONAL GAIN

In the hour in which we live; much of the accusing finger pointing is of the character assassination agenda; whether for political or personal gain.  The media helps drive the point home; often without any evidence that would stand up in court. 

One of the ten commandments:  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16).  Neighbors can go far beyond the person who lives next to you.  Jesus answered the question posed to him; who is my neighbor?

After telling the parable of the good Samaritan he asked:  Which now of these three, think you, was neighbor to him that fell among the thieves?  The man who posed the question answered:  He that showed mercy on him.  Jesus said:  Go and do you likewise (Luke 10:29-37).  Let us not be identified with "The Accusing Finger" category; without just cause, or supportive evidence of the truthfulness of such a claim.

RESPONSE TO ACCUSATION

Jesus said:  Beware of men: for they will deliver you up....take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.  For it is not you that speak but the Spirit of your Father which is in you (Matthew 10:17-20). 

Jesus was conveying the fact that there would be great persecution (an accusing finger) because of their identification with Jesus but to not be anxious; for it would be given to them what to say, by the inner prompting of God's Spirit.

Jesus also conveyed:  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).  Being a light to the world is the essential mission of the Christian;  that light is to clearly shine forth, even in the midst false accusation, as in the case of the Apostle Paul. 

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