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Dec192017

Accusation, The New Law

Accusation: a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong.

 

I am glad to see that there is a movement afoot that calls men to a higher standard of treating women with respect in the workplace and I do hope it causes a new paradigm shift for everyone.

However, I am concerned about the new moral law called “accusation”.  It seems to me that there doesn’t need to be a court of law anymore, we just need an accusation against someone and they are immediately guilty as charged. When I was growing up the phrase, “innocent until proven guilty” was the standard people seemed to accept, until recently. Now the “accusation” has replaced all innocence and we go right to “guilty as accused”. I don’t like this new system because it is too manipulative and sinister. The judicial system was set up to be a place where you were judged by a jury of your peers, and you were presumed innocent until proven guilty. Today the jury is social media and you are guilty simply by being accused by someone. If you have ever been accused by someone for something you didn’t do, no matter how much evidence you provide, you will never get rid of the stigma that you were accused. This is why being accused in today’s world is always certain death to a reputation and a character.  I am not a fan of Al Franken, but I think Senator Franken got a raw deal. His accusers never filed charges again him, and all of the accusations against him were during a period of his life when he was a comedy entertainer. Comedy today is crass and comedians get away with saying and doing almost anything in the name of entertainment. Al Franken was a comedian, (no excuse), but it does give a different set of standards than when he became a US Senator.

An accusation can be made about a slip of the tongue, a lingering hug, and a compliment that was taken wrong. This is why the Bible teaches that there needs to be witnesses that can verify the facts.

2 Corinthians 13:1 

“This is the third time that I am coming to you. By the testimony of two or three witnesses must any charge and every accusing statement be sustained and confirmed.”

Deut 19:15 “"You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

To lie and bear false witness through accusations is something God hates.

Proverbs 6:16-19 

The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet eager to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

I believe God hates this vile behavior because it ruins people’s lives, and once a lie is accepted as a truth, it is impossible for it to change.

Accusations have become the new standard for judge, jury and executioner. Yet in most of these sex cases recently, few, if any, of the accused ever faced their accusers especially in a court of law. I think this is a dangerous precedent to be set where a man can lose his job and reputation based upon an accusation. I realize there are many men who deserve to lose jobs and reputation due to their behavior, but I do not agree that by making an accusation against him that he is guilty as charged. Unfortunately, most people feel that an accusation is as guilty as you are going to get, therefore he desires to be fired.

I wonder how many jilted lovers will find this new power in the accusation to get revenge? Or could it be used against political opponents as a weapon to question the behavior of a politician?

Decisions to terminate should never be made upon an accusation, but upon investigations and a thorough vetting of the parties involved.

Keeping it honest and truthful…..K

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