A Man with a Bad Reputation
In today’s world, perception is truth and truth is offensive. A man or woman who speaks the truth is slandered, ridiculed and bashed to no end because they speak of words that echo the truth. Sadly, telling the truth is a sacrifice these days as there are many consequences for those chosen to be ‘messengers’ of the truth who live among us but in some cases, have no real place in society because of the controversy they created with their words.
Through it all, mankind has always slandered those who spoke the truth. Traditionally, this began in the early days of Jesus Christ, a God-like man, who spoke the truth and was criticized openly, harshly and cruelly for telling others about his Father, our Lord and God. Reading the gospel over and over you will find ample citations of the punitive and reckless means mankind imposed on Jesus calling him every name in the book.
Historically, man has continued this splendor of spreading lies of those who carry a message of truth and honor. Depending on who listens to him or her, they are either hailed wise or intelligent or quite the opposite, ignorant and dumb. Regardless, the slandering has been relentless and never ending. Scandal after scandal, the truth remains to be a touchy subject and those who spoke it, were chastised, excommunicated or banished from society and its morality.
I have no idea who or how many have suffered this punishment of tarnished or willful tainting of their personal reputations. I suspect there are more than we could ever know as eventually, many fell silent in order to blend in with those around them and who resented the truth be told and demanded revocation or reversal of words and thoughts in order to be socially acceptable.
This indictment of those who spoke the truth was not veiled or hidden. The castigation was public and often posted in books, media or television special reports. Mankind loves telling other people off if their words do not match their own morality or perception of the truth. Not entirely legitimate, it was indeed a reality.
Today, the truth is overshadowed by lies – lies spread by Satan, the demons possessing other people and society who repel the words that may insult or disagree with them, personally, politically or religiously, especially if the morality does not match their own expectations.
What is scary is this slandering or an individual’s reputation is borderline hate. Words are taught like sticks and stones that cannot hurt you, but in reality, these strategies of hate mongering destroys families, friendships and associations throughout the world. Every generation has suffered this condemnation of reputations.
Every man, woman or child has endures such hateful moments and came to a point to decide to stop speaking the truth, recant the words, or give in to the pressures by these demons.
Every person knew, if they hesitated to do so, would wreak havoc upon them like a plague or a flight of locust in a field of honey. They had to choose to dance with the music of the righteous or dance with music of Satan. Choices between speaking and silence were often drawn and each generation since the creation of civilized society has had to suffer with this dilemma.
Every generation has created a marketplace for the truth – often said, the truth is up for sale as the choices were slim and the volume was spoken softly. Some would hear it, while others chose to ignore it or bend it into their own lies. Truth can come in many different ways and still be the truth but one has to be cautious as the devil himself can bend the truth into a lie and make it acceptable to be the truth.
Today, the truth has become sociably unacceptable. It is offensive and triggers many different emotions. Offensiveness to the name calling has resulted in violence or mass shootings. The truth is simply, an obstacle, a stumbling block for those who want to escape the lies of the devil and seek the word of the good parables often forgotten.
Along with the lies is the hypocrisy that is tied into the message. There is an ugliness in people today that warrants caution whenever they speak with bended tongues and deliberate lies. Calling themselves righteous and self-serving to the devil’s own, they cast their wrath on those who seek the light and speak the truth. Alas, history repeats itself over and over.
The world needs more truth, compassion and kindness. There is a certain element of mercy missing in our morality and sensitivity towards each other. We are all sinners and we have all lied but we recognize the fact that when we ask forgiveness of our sins, we are given a second chance to redeem ourselves and start over.
Only God loves us so much He has given us that morality in life. The slandering of reputation goes on forever. The destruction of God’s glory is associated with this calumny types of behaviors.
People need to realize that speaking the truth is protected by the Savior and that this person is eventually freed from harm by Jesus as His defense of these innocents. God understands how this forcible influence of demonic behaviors, is undeniable a form of deceit and not easily recognized by mankind, but exposed by the mere fact that all that is evil, is revealed in the end.
No house should be divided. No man should stand against another man and no truth should be slandered by the devil or demons working for him but in reality, it happened in the past and is happening today.