How serious is gossip, really?

We like to joke about gossip. Probably because we like to gossip — and joking about it helps us to take it lightly. But, is this something we need to take lightly?

Bill Mounce, a noted Greek scholar, takes a look at gossip on his blog, “koinonia”, by asking the question, “Are gossips in heaven?” He answers the question by examining what Scripture has to say about the subject.

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” — James 1:26

I won’t share with you everything he said about gossip, but I will give you a couple of takeaways from his article that may help you understand the tone with which he approaches this topic. He points out the impact and implications of gossip for both the church and the individual…

  1. What Gossip means for the church: When considering what sins are the most destructive in the church, Mounce said, “Gossip, in my mind, is number one. There is nothing that tears down and destroys faster. Not divorce, Not sexual misconduct. As I said, I believe gossip is the native tongue of the church. It rips and shreds. The church should be the safest place of all, and yet most have found that it is one of the most dangerous.”
  2. What Gossip means for the individual: When considering the implications of gossip for an individual, Mounce said, “So gossips, hear this. You can go to church, sing loudly, give money, volunteer in the nursery, led a Bible study, wear your Christianity on your sleeve, be an elder — but no matter what you do, no matter what people think of you, it is all a sham, worthless. Your gossip invalidates everything you do. At least, that’s what the Bible teaches.”

Still want to make jokes about gossip?

Me neither.

 

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

3 Responses to How serious is gossip, really?

  1. ahappylass says:

    I just posted about this on my blog. Thanks for the image. I completely agree with you.
    http://ahappylass.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/gossip-ruins-people/#

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