Gossip is regarded by most as a contemptible, sinful practice which should have no place in society. At the same time most will quickly affirm the universal presence of gossip in the home, at work and even in the church. I have never heard anyone actually defend gossip – until now.
I was doing some search engine work on common phrases and words that bring people to the Preacher’s Study. I entered “gossip” and soon found this article by a “minister and professor of the practice of religion” at a large eastern university. I was shocked that this man actually argued in favor of gossip!
He reasoned from the writings of professionals who said that gossip is good for the individual and helps us understand where we stand morally. Now I will let you read the article and make your own decisions but I could help but think of Isaiah 5:20:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
That put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
As I re-read that verse I noticed verse 21 just below:
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
Now I will not cover ground already covered here about gossip in the church but I do hope you will take a look at those articles. I’m just a simple preacher from West Alabama but I think I know enough not to talk about people. Maybe what we need most in the church is a big does of common sense.
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