Falsely Accused

In his time, Jesus was accused of being a glutton and a drunk, a sinner, a madman, a blasphemer, an insurrectionist, a false prophet, & demon-possessed. (And these are just some of the slanders that were included in the Gospels. Imagine what was left out!) Jesus was not surprised by these hostile reactions; he understood human nature well.

In our time, terrible things are constantly said about the Church and her leaders. Remember when Pope Benedict was even accused of being a Nazi? Is there any “controversial” teaching for which the world does not condemn the Church as being hateful, hypocritical, or cruel? We will experience hostility personally as well for standing with Jesus’ Church, but this should not surprise us. The Body of Christ, the Church, will share the experiences of Jesus Christ, our Head.

As Jesus said, “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. … If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. …In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

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