The Tongue

Our pastor preached a wonderful message on "the tongue" last night. You long-time readers know this is a...very important.....topic to me.

Before I mount my soap box and embarrass myself, I have a question for you all.

"What is gossip?"

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the matter!

Comments

Liz said…
For what it's worth, Webster says:
"gossip - idle talk or rumor, esp about the private affairs of others"
"rumor - a story or statement in general circulation w/o confirmation or certainty as to facts"

I'm subscribed to further comments . . . :>)
Dad said…
I think he had a very good point in that even when speaking the "Truth" about someone...it can still be gossip. Usually gossip tears someone else down instead of building them up...even if its true. With that said, there are still appropiate times to speak the truth regardless if it is negative or positive. Ex: Exchange of information between landlords concerning if a potential renter has a history of being a good or bad renter.

Dad Fry
skier1998 said…
We had a discussion regarding gossip in Sunday school back in February. Here is a link to my post regarding gossip. :-)
http://skier1998.blogspot.com/2008/02/hot-gossip-here.html
Bobbie said…
Usaully "gossip" is intended to tear others down and build self up, I think. However, I have been in situations where someone is "gossiping, gripping, or complaining" and I honestly didn't really even realize they were until I started thinking about what was really said later.
Bobbie said…
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Kelly S said…
You don't want to get me started on this or I'll never stop!

It irritates me that so many times when SS teachers, preachers, etc. refer to sins, they mention things like smoking/alcohol/porn, etc. Even sometimes short sleeves, splits, etc. But the things so clearly mentioned in the Bible such as gossip seem to be ignored, yet it's so prevelent in our movement! Why is it, just about everytime I'm with a group of church people, I'm uncomfortable because of the laughing and talk going on about people not present in the group? I hate it and it happens all the time!

Not too long ago I sat at a table with a group of ladies. There was a visitor sitting there and she asked how a particular person was doing. The lady sitting across from her (a very well respected lady in our movement) sat there and told every detail of that person's life including how much money he and his wife make, the reasons he lost his job, etc. etc.

I believe there are appropriate times that things need to be talked about, especially when it comes to spiritual leadership. However, I believe nothing should be said that couldn't/wouldn't be said if the person were present.

I'll stop there. This is obviously something I too have been very bothered by lately:) I'm interested to see what other comments you get regarding this!
Ronda said…
Kelly...You go girl! :) This is a topic that should be preached about more often...I agree. Loved "catching up" on your blog, Sarah! I really enjoyed both of the books that you have posted...excellent choices! Great family pics, too! Hope that you are having a wonderful summer!
Kimberly said…
I think some of the "corny humor" (often directed at those just a little bit different than whatever we are calling the "norm" at the moment) usually can fall into the gossip category. It is shocking to me how folks so easily participate in such humor...it puts down others, I guess somehow valifys (is that a word?!) the teller, and makes "us" (ie certain church groups) seem stupid and completely out of touch w/the culture. At it's worst, it is prejudiced and inappropriate. I don't know if this makes sense but it's an issue that I notice and it bothers me.
Anonymous said…
Hi Sarah,

Hope all is well with you... I was "blog-hopping" and ran accross your post. Here is a quote I like from The Teenagers Book of Manners. "Gossip: Saying something about someone behind his back what we wouldn't say to his face.
Flattery: Saying something about someone to his face that we wouldn't say behind his back."

Mandy
jenny said…
I was going to comment that I try to ask myself..."would I say it just like this, if the person being talked about was sitting beside me?"...but it looks like Kelly and Mandy already said the same thing. Loved those quotes by Mandy...the flattery one really turns the whole discussion upside down and is also one I think we need to guard against.
Ginger9398 said…
I was blog hopping and came across your question. Gossip to me is the filthiest form of hatred. Some people feel that "everyone talks about everyone" so it must be okay. I live by the rule that if it didn't happen to me, it's not my buisness to spread it.
Sharlyn said…
A friend of mine said, "honesty without love is brutality." I'm trying to decide if that fits in here.
Gene Davis said…
Gossip is based off the Spirit in which one speaks.
Several of these comments have me biting at the bit, ready to respond and discuss the matter further....I believe a "Gossip" blog is shortly on its way.

I say shortly, but it may be longly. VBS starts tomorrow......
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