“They said that he…”
“No, you must not have heard…”
It’s all about the he-said, she-said nowadays. If you aren’t saying something about someone else’s business, you are lagging behind by today’s standards.
Most of the time, people see this as a sort of power and control. Kind of like a spider with an ever widening web of information. Now this information can be false or true, but the common denominator is that it will always benefit the spider.
Sadly, I have seen this most prevalent within the Church. Dissention and discord are tools that the devil loves to plant within the Church and divide its members. So many lives and relationships have been wrecked and splintered due to people who can’t keep their mouths shut.
A dishonest man spreads strife, a whisperer separates close friends.
We were sitting at lunch following church one day and the table next to us was full of some guys who had just left their church service. They complained and gossiped about their church leadership and things that generally disgruntled them about their church. One couldn’t help but overhear the numerous, “Did you hear?” and “He told me that she said that…” Which leads me into the next point.
The worst of this is that the people who do the talking, don’t even realize that they are actually hurting their witness and damaging their credibility. The Word talks about in Titus 3 that we need to be “submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.”
At one time, we did talked mess left and right and blended right in with the world. But to be a Christian means that you are separated from the world. If you are constantly whispering about your leaders and other Christians, you are just as bad.
Going back to Titus, in 2:7-8 it is written that we have to show ourselves as a “model of good works.” You are to “show integrity and dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned.”
Remember that your words are powerful and to guard yourself. If it helps, pray this verse from Psalms everyday.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Thanks for reading. Y’all be safe out there.