Daily Jot: How can Christians support a man accused of sex crimes? - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
People are being Accused daily of sexually harassing others. Some are being accused of rape, others of pedophilia. More often than not in this hate-filled atmosphere these accusations are about alleged events that took place years ago, there were no reports to authorities, no charges filed, no court dates, no trials. The statute of limitations ranges from none to 30 years, depending on the state, but many of these allegations are coming long after the statute of limitations is run out. In California, for example, the statute of limitations for rape is ten years. In New York there is none. People are wondering how Christians can support a politician who has been accused of sexual crimes when the Bible would instruct otherwise.
First, the people in this country have become so mean-spirited and nasty toward one another that there is a natural backlash against accusations-whether they are true or false-cast toward those who represent Christian values. We feel they are being persecuted. Second, we are a country of laws. If charges were not filed, even though there are years and years in which to file them, and suddenly allegations are made in public long after statutes of limitations are expired, no law has been broken. This brings us to another point-what is the motive of these accusations years after the alleged incident? Those that accuse, when they are accused, they say, "Why are you bringing this up, that was years ago?"
No one should endure sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape-never. Likewise, an innocent person should not be accused of such. So long as there are natural attractions between men and women, there will be sexual interaction. But people now are even cautious about greeting one another with a hug. Satan will try to use that to disrupt and destroy. This satanic effort is very effective in separating the natural in favor of the unnatural. We know that satan accuses the brethren as in Revelation 12:10, "...before our God day and night." Those on earth do the same. But disciples of Jesus know the truth of Romans 5:8, "But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
I am reminded of the woman who was caught in the very act of adultery and she faced the terrible death by stoning when Christ intervened. He said in John 8:7, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Ashamed, they left one by one. Then Jesus said to the woman, "go, and sin no more." As Christians, we can look at repentance and a person's body of work as a testimony to who they have become. As written in 1 Corinthians 6:11 of a list of sinners who will not inherit the kingdom of God, "And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, by the Spirit of our God." During this time of hate-filled incivility, let us call on the Lord to protect our minds, help us discern the truth, and speak it boldly, yet humbly, to others. It's how we win this battle.