When Jeff and I were dating, this very same thing happened to us...
HOW TO STOP CHURCH GOSSIP
Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business. Several members did not approve of her extracurricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon..
She emphatically told Frank (and several others) that every one seeing it there WOULD KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING !
Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing....
Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house ... walked home ...and left it there all night.
(You gotta love Frank!)
Jeff came over one evening and we went out on a date. When we got back to the apartment with all my roommates, Jeff said he was feeling sick, a boy was he ever. The short version of the story is ...that Jeff's Mom had to come pick him up and leave his truck in front of our apartment till he got better ( in a day or so ). Some one accused me of letting Jeff stay the night, I was upset because I had been judged wrongly. Now...it is just something we laugh about. And it is a good reminder for us not to be so judgmental and realize things aren't always as they appear! So this story reminded me of that situation we were in over 32 years ago!!!! ( and no, I don't hold grudges !)
"What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth." ~Jewish Proverb
"There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us." ~ Edward Wallis Hoch