The truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, a Catholic priest in the USA, received the shocking message that he’d been accused of sexual abuse against one of his earlier students. He was later released and reconciled with the young man who had been fooled to make a false accusation for this deplorable charge.
In his book, ”The Truth Was My Only Defense” Bernardin describes his experiences during the months when he was presented by the media and the whole of the American establishment as a disgrace, who not only committed a sexual offense but who also failed the church and his vocation. He knew he was innocent, but all others believed he was guilty. To read about his turmoil and powerlessness is gripping. However, throughout his story there is a red thread, his conviction that the truth will in the end make him free – which in fact it did.
Perhaps you too have been falsely accused for something? Perhaps you experienced that others stood firm in their conviction, that you are a certain way, or that you have done something, that you know isn’t true? You should know that the truth is your only defense and it’s only the Truth that can make you free.
Lord, sometimes it seems that evil triumphs. Sometimes it seems that lies and violence wins the day. But thank You Jesus, that the truth is always victorious!