Have you ever been wrongly accused? How did it make you feel? People make the statement that we are innocent until proven guilty, but in reality it’s the opposite. Until we can prove our innocence, we our guilty before our accusers.
Whether it be a crime or a simple disagreement, many times we are guilty until proven innocent. Unfortunately, there are also times when there is no hope for us, no matter how much proof we present. Our accusers’ minds are already made up.
The first time I recall being accused for something I hadn’t done was in High School. As I was leaving one of my classes, my teacher ran out and abruptly stopped me in the hallway. Standing beside him was a fellow classmate, who had a very angry expression on his face. My teacher asked me why I had stolen the boy’s history book. He didn’t ask me if I did or even if I knew anything about it. He just accused me, right there on the spot.
For several minutes I stood there trying to defend myself, but to no avail. In their eyes, I was guilty. After being berated by my classmate, my teacher sternly ordered me to return the book immediately. It was a request that I would never be able to fulfill.
I left school that day hurt, angry and very offended. Stealing someone’s book or any item of theirs, is not something I would do. It wasn’t in my character to do such a thing, but regardless of the truth, I was guilty.
False accusations come in different forms as a person ages, but they still come. The worst of these accusations, are those that go directly against a person’s character. The times when a person’s true intentions are misinterpreted in a negative way.
Miscommunication is an open door for false accusations. Whether it be misinterpreted words or actions, people are wrongly accused every day and in a variety of situations. There is a reason why it is said that communication is key. People must learn to listen, more than they speak.
People should also learn to listen to others, more than they listen to the voice inside themselves. That is the voice that drowns out the person who is speaking. That is the voice that has already determined that the person is guilty. People should have an open mind to the possibility that they may be wrong.
Leaving no room for error, leaves no room for proper reconciliation.
Have you ever been wrongly accused?