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False Accusations DO HURT, but we choose to love those people!
Posted on September 14, 2019 by Rodrigues Family
I was shaking. Timothy had just come to my door informing me that CPS (Social Services) had just shown up at our front door. I frantically called my husband (who had just gone down the road to help my dad on his new house). He came flying home…not sure what my “emergency” was. Once he was home, I went outside to meet them. First of all, I thanked them for their service to help MANY children who are TRULY abused. And then, we willingly opened up our home and RV and children to their scrutiny. Oh yes, we also called our Christian lawyer.
I KNEW as soon as they showed up at our door, it was due to our “hate followers”. You see, these are people that HATE Jesus and anyone that actively is a testimony for Him. They HATE righteousness and proclaim it as fanatical. They HATE that we have a large family and are raising them for God. They HATE that we boldly proclaim what God’s Word says about child bearing and sodomy and… well, all manner of sin. They simply – HATE.
We were kind to the social workers and even sang for them before they left. They left, telling us that we needed to come to their houses to show them how to organize and keep a clean house. I even gave the woman social worker a hug. They found food in our cupboards and running water…imagine that! LOL.
You see, when my husband and I were teenagers, we were SUPER skinny. We BOTH got teased all the time about it. We BOTH had very fast metabolisms. We BOTH ate well, but would gain weight slowly. (If only we still had that problem…LOL). Our children take after us…tall and willowy. If anyone saw our grocery bill on a weekly basis, they would know how WELL our children are fed! However, in a day and age in America were obesity is becoming an increasing problem and children no longer play hard outdoors…our children are becoming the minority. Our Pediatrician Doctor regularly does well check visits on our children and finds them ALL in the range of “normal”with weight. Imagine that! NO, WE DON’T STARVE OUR CHILDREN AND ANYONE THAT WOULD DO SUCH A HEINOUS THING, BELONGS BEHIND BARS!
The social workers could see through the accusations as hateful people attacking our family. However, we have suffered at the hand of this 2 different times. Both times, it seemed a waste of time that they were even at our home…and they agreed. They also agreed that continued future visits would be legally viewed as harrassment.
However, having them show up at my door, rocked my world. I couldn’t understand it. We try SO hard to be the best and most diligent parents possible. To Love. To Nurture. To Care. To Feed. To Cook. To Snuggle. To Read to them. To Teach. But MOST importantly, to teach them of Jesus and His ways…**BINGO** therein lies the problem with our hate followers!
While singing in Florida, we were right in the middle of a song, my husband was asked (by a member of the church) to come outside. I didn’t know why my husband left. My guess was that our RV was parked in a wrong spot and had to be moved. Afterwards I found out it was a few police men that had been “tipped” to our location and lies were told them. They came to check out our RV…to make sure it was “kosher” to their standard for our children. Of course, my husband freely let them tour it (for we have nothing to hide). They found nothing wrong and sighed with this “lead” being a sheer “waste of their time”.
Yes, I shed tears…because the battle is real! I shed tears over the injustice of it all. I pray for protection over our family. We have had death threats sent to us and constant hate mail. The hateful lies being spread about our family viciously swirl about. I feel alone. Confused. Hurt. Helpless. And then, God wraps His loving arms of comfort about me / us and reminds us of these Scriptures from the Bible…
Edited: Bunch of Bible verses on persecution and suffering
You see, this form of persecution is nothing new. They did FAR worse to my Jesus and in our modern day world, Christians suffer far worse than what we have experienced. We MUST count it all joy!
Satan WANTS us to give up. To be silent. To take DOWN our social media influence. He will strive, at whatever means necessary, to make that happen…just like he attacked Job in the Bible. He doesn’t play fair.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Does it hurt to have all manner of evil spoken against us FALSELY? Sure it does…especially when you know it’s simply NOT truth. But, yet, it’s an HONOR! An HONOR to suffer these things for the cause of Christ. You see, people are the same as they’ve always been. Without Christ, they are lost, hopeless, miserable and seeking to destroy others. They do not experience that river of peace and joy deep within their soul.
So, as the tears rolled down my cheeks, I made a choice. A choice to pray for these people. To pray for their salvation. To pray for God to bless them as the Bible teaches below…
Edited: multiple verses about loving one's enemies, etc
I don’t personally know these people, but I know this… I have chosen to love them and to pray for them. Yes, I will put up guards to protect our family from evil people, yet love and pray for them from afar. <3
What battle are YOU facing? If it is a consequence of your own sin and poor choices, then own up to it. Rise in the victory of Christ and press onward! You can do it! Remember, NO ONE is perfect except for God Himself. Don’t let defeat overtake you!
Or perhaps you are like us in this situation. Feeling helpless in the face of false accusations and lies coming from evil, hateful people. REST those cares in God’s capable hands. He is able. He is our defense. The TRUTH will prevail…just like it did with the Old Testament Bible story of Joseph.
Edited: random Bible passage from Psalms
I have heard of witchcraft practices done to missionaries in Africa (Bobby Bonner), Christians being tortured for Christ, all manner of evil spoken against them, missionary pilots killed (Mr. Elliot among others), etc., etc. These people are heroes of the faith. People that did NOT give up in the face of adversity. That pressed on for the cause of Jesus Christ and for the Gospel sake! My suffering seems small in comparison. I am reminded of the verse…
Matthew 10:28 | “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Heaven is my destination and I am HAPPY to serve my Jesus…even if it means suffering reproach for His Name.
Hallelujah for the CROSS! Jill
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****Please read the second last line. That's all I will say because we're not supposed to talk about it but it made me laugh.
And, yes, it does seem pretty futile to complain to CPS about the Rods. They are above the radar as far as CPS is concerned. So glad to know JRod has a Christian lawyer. Does that mean he is a Christian or that he represents Christians who claim persecution at every turn? Glad to see the kids have a Pediatrician Doctor and not a Pediatrician Plumber or Pediatrician Realtor.
And let us all say a prayer for the poor underpaid, overworked social workers in W Va who not only had to listen to JRod chirp about how happy and well fed and godly her kids are; but also had to politely listen to a couple of classic godly hymns as murdered by the Rods.