In my line of duty, I have come across many genuine people, especially leaders who are always forthright. I have also come across people, who out of envy and vaulting ambition will lie about you irrespective of the consequences. I have met a lot of disciplinary committees, and also sat in many of them. I have seen great leaders lie about their colleagues. The new trend in Ghana is that, people rush to social media and put out half-truths, damage people’s hard won reputation and integrity and get away with it. Partly because no one can trace the source of the lies, leaving the person perpetually damaged for life.
One of the things to do as a believer is to remain calm in the midst of blackmail, betrayal and backstabbing. Don’t fight for your reputation, people won’t believe you. However, there are times in which we must stand up for ourselves. It’s okay to call the actions of people wrong, and say others are not telling the truth. In most cases however, fighting for your reputation won’t work. People have already taken entrenched positions. They believe what they want to believe. If people ask you, tell them your side of the story, but don’t bother trying to explain yourself on social media and trying to let everybody believe you. The moment you post a defense, it draws the attention of others who previously didn’t know or care, and your post will in no way change the opinions of those who already believed the lies.
One thing you must constantly keep in mind is that, when you are looked down upon, doubted and lied about, don’t ever give up on what you are doing. The temptation to hide, run away, stop or even give up are real when times are tough, especially when your trusted friends begin to question your motives and integrity.
(Job 16:2 , 42:7-9). But keep doing what you are doing right. Opinions change. Attentions shift. Few things stay the same. Just because people are on you today doesn’t mean they will be on you tomorrow. If you quit working, serving, preaching, loving or giving, people will assume the lies about you are true or the flaws in your character are a confirmation.
Quitting proves your accusers right. Continuing to do the right thing causes them to doubt the things being peddled around about you. Overtime, it will allow them to change their minds.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.