Unjust Criticism

Bob Hines

by Bob Hines (online Bible commentary)

Abraham Lincoln said: “If I were to read, much less answer all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Others have suffered unjust criticism. Hannah moved her lips as she was praying silently and the watching priest accused her of drunkenness. Ahab said Elijah was a troubler of Israel. Jesus was said of his enemies to have no regard for real religion or for the king.

So many Bible characters are said to have experienced unjust criticism. Have you? And what should you do when you’ve explained, yet the criticisms continue? Some of it may be vengeful “cheap shots”| to keep you stirred up. What should you do?

“Honest Abe” may well be reminding us of the Bible answer — just keep going. There’s too much good to do to look back. It may be like Nehemiah told his enemies seeking compromise. He knew it was a trick and said, “I am doing a good work and cannot come down.”

Frankly, there are some things we are just going to have to let the Lord sort out at the end, and He’ll do it right – don’t worry. Our business is to get on and keep on with life, doing the best we can.

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