“Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:16 (NIV)
I’ve been doing a lot reading and bible studying about the topic of “gossip”.
We christians love our gossip, thought that’s not what we call it. We call it “sharing a concern for prayer”.
Be completely honest with yourself, how often do you actually pray for that situation? Sadly, most of us don’t. Or maybe we offer half-assed prayers because, that way, we don’t feel so guilty about talking about people.
There are 2 things I’ve learned about gossip:
1) People who talk to you will probably talk about you (there are some exceptions, but they are few and far between.)
2) If you aren’t part of the solution, you shouldn’t be talking about it.
That second one is what I wanna focus on right now, and wrap up this post with.
So many people want to know what is going on with people. They want to know the latest dirt, who is sleeping with who, who is doing what vice (drug, drink, whatever), who got arrested, or is spiraling out of control… But no one wants to actually take the time to walk alongside those people and help them.
It is ok to talk when you are gathering info the help them. But the key words there are “HELP THEM”. If you aren’t going to help them with whatever, THEN DON’T TALK ABOUT IT. It’s not your business/place. And do go talking to EVERYONE, only those who actually can speak to the subject, never go by “so-and-so told me”… Go talk to “So-and-so” directly, don’t talk to the other person.
Gossip needs to stop in the church. If we are supposed to be the example, then what the hell are we being an example of?