The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them. -Will Rogers
Face it, ol’ Will Rogers was 100% correct with that statement. The juicer the gossip, the better it is. Unless it’s about you.
One sad fact about those who attend church and those who profess to be Christians is that they are probably the worst at spreading gossip. Many don’t even understand what they are doing, yet some are so good at it that they don’t think twice before spreading it.
Gossip is just not an issue with the common church-goers; it happens a lot with the leaders in the church, too.
They use gossip and make it OK because they connect it to praying. It’s a classic Christian way of spreading gossip and feeling OK about it. Here’s an example:
Telling fellow churchgoers something like “We need to pray for [person’s name] because I heard his/her [wife/husband] is [drinking] or [in jail] or [something else].”
The person receiving this info tells others and the tale grows taller on down the line.
These people feel justified in spreading the gossip because they used the word “prayer” to make them feel that it is alright. The person being told this gossip does not need to know the details. A better way to put it would have been to say, “We need to pray for Susie and Tom.”
Whether the gossip spreaders understand this or not, God already knows what is happening in Susie and Tom’s life. He does not need the details, and if he doesn’t need the details, others don’t either.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. – James 1:26 (NIV)
Have a great week!