Strength for the Moment
By Kyle Lovern
Todays subject has affected every reader: GOSSIP. We have all been guilty of this transgression. No person’s innocent except by the forgiveness of Christ. I am in no way condoning it, but keeping it real. All have gossiped for various reasons. Perhaps we had information and felt we had to warn people. Maybe we were the victim of gossip and retaliated. Maybe it was offered as a “Prayer Request”. (We are biblically required to report illegal matters to the law.)
Gossip is not necessarily a lie. It could be sharing knowledge of an act someone committed or a complete lie, but is always hurtful and damaging. It’s ruined nations, friendships and everything in between.
We live in an age that is fueled by technology. In previous years, gossip was mostly limited to conversations. With the age of the internet and the capability to share information around the world with sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Topix, gossip is stronger than ever. Results are more lives being destroyed. We frequently read about people who have committed suicide due to online gossip. Even the media has been affected. In the past we trusted what we read or watched but now most everyone is in a rush to be the first to report “breaking news” by destroying lives. Defending yourself is considered an admission of guilt. Ridiculous!
Again, all have been effected by gossip in some way. Earlier this week I was contacted by an old friend. They stated they knew I had posted “information” regarding their family on Topix using a false name. I was surprised and stated I never use topix, save for the occassional warning I was the topic of a thread. My pracitce is to use my own name, address the thread, contact Topix, have it removed. I explained I was not responsible for any posts. How did my friend arrive at the conclusion it was me –conversation with friends. Proverbs 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth friends.
The next morning I went to the WV State Police to offer my online devices and sign consents to contact Topix to prove innocence. Surprisingly nothing could be done. The site is unregulated. I checked into cyber bullying as someone is pretending to be me not only on Topix but Facebook and sending hurtful messages to others, which could lead to violence. The Trooper suggested a civil lawyer. I visited the site and could not believe my eyes. I witnessed venemous Gossip by vicious attackers, pseudo-names, too cowardly to publicly link themselves with the gossip and slander they were slinging. No concsience to be found. Timothy 4:1-2 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
I charge us to be more responsible with our words, whether spoken or written. We are all subject to the Biblical Law of reaping and sowing, and myself and others may be reaping our harvest. However, gossip is no victimless crime. Your words could cost someone’s life. BE MORE RESPONSIBLE. Read Matthew Chapters 5 and18 to learn how to deal with hurt feelings and find the truth. Read 1 Corinthians 13 and learn forgiveness, as love keeps no record of wrongs.. For in these last days, evil is often faceless and it takes a Bible based personal relationship with Christ to have strength for these moments.
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