Saturday, July 26
People say, “Look! A man gluttonous and given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”—Matt. 11:19.
Jesus, the only man ever to live in perfect faithfulness to God, was falsely accused. The fact was, though, that his course of wisdom in serving God disproved the claims that he was a wrongdoer. “Wisdom is proved righteous by its works,” Jesus said. That is so today too. As an example, some of their neighbors view as strange the brothers and sisters serving at the Bethel complex in Selters, Germany. But the mayor of the community spoke out in their behalf, reasoning: “The Witnesses who serve there have their own way of life, but one that in no way disturbs the lives of others in the community.” A similar conclusion was recently reached in connection with Jehovah’s Witnesses living in Moscow, Russia. They had been falsely accused of a number of wrong acts. Then in June 2010, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, exonerated them. w12 12/15 3:13, 14