Libel and Slander and Politics

Have we as a nation of intelligent and caring people seemed to have crawled no further than the cave when it comes to accusations, lies and slander. This type of political and personal character assassination has grown as party politics as grown. You would think that men of God would act better than that but it seemed even some of our founding fathers practiced the art of libel and slander as an art form.

Thomas Jefferson and his camp accused President Adams of having a “hideous hermaphroditical (an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present) character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.” In return, Adams’ men called Vice President Jefferson “a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto (a person of mixed white and black ancestry, especially a person with one white and one black parent) father.”

And so it began and it will continue as it proves successful. Look at the careers of your local politicians and how they took office and you will  find that it wasn’t over policy that got them elected into their positions, it was slander and libel.

There is no sure-fire defense against libel. The letter that the Jews’ enemies sent to King Artaxerxes was full of libel against Zerubbabel (see Ezra 4), as wicked men tried everything they could to derail the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. It has been said that we should strive to live in such a way that if a lie (or libel) was publicized against us, no one would believe it. This is good advice, as we are to be “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation” (Philippians 2:15).

If the Kavanaugh nomination fails because of the accusations made against him by Christine Blasey Ford and others, America’s system of politics, indeed its everyday social relations, will be conducted in the future on the Kavanaugh and Roy Moore Standard. It will deepen the country’s divisions for more than several generations. It could be the very division that starts a civil war.

But as Christians should we involve ourselves in that game.

A believer in Christ should never be guilty of libel. Instead, we should aim to be people of our word, letting our “yes” be “yes” and our “no” be “no” (James 5:12). It can be tempting to state as fact an opinion about someone we dislike or mistrust, justifying our libel because of the person’s past actions. However, instead of spreading those libelous statements, we must strive to live by Christ’s words: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27–28). The Lord has told us to let Him take care of vengeance (Hebrews 10:30). When we refuse to slander or make libelous claims, we stay out of God’s way so that He can bring truth to light in His way and in His time.

So pray for Christine Blasey Ford, for her family… pray that she toss aside the demons and live her life in peace.

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