Do You Gossip or Slander?
By: Woody Godbey
J. Vernon McGee was a great Bible preacher and teacher. He used to say that the only exercise some Christians get is running down others and jumping to conclusions.
For some reason or another, Christians don’t look at gossip and slander in the same way they look at adultery and drunkenness. But the truth is, slander and gossip are sins that are far too common in the church today. How many times have rumors been spread that is based on information that simply is not factual because a person did not take the time to investigate it? The Bible says, "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him" (Proverbs 18:13).
I think we all would agree that gossip and slander are far easier to dish out than they are to take. Let me ask you a question, has someone ever gossiped about you? Has something ever been said about you that simply wasn't true? Proverbs 18:8 says, "The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body." Gossip is like that.
Someone might say to you,” Did you hear about this?". So, we take that tasty little trifle of information. We may swallow it easily, but in the end, it is like a wound. It hurts other people, and it can hurt us.
When we hear gossip or slander, what should we do? Here is a little acronym that we need to remember: T-H-I-N-K. Is it true? If it is not true, then don't repeat it. Will it help? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
You might be thinking, If I applied that principle all the time, there would be a lot of things I wouldn't say Good. Then don't say them. You will be better for it. And so will many other people.
Preachers preach hard against drinking and smoking but I use to tell our congregation that I would rather have a church full of drinkers and smokers than a few gossips and slanderers. Think about that! God Bless!