From Webster’s Dictionary:
: to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone
: information about the behavior and personal lives of other people
Slander is false. Even if we state it as fact.
Gossip may be true or false.
Both are detrimental. To ourselves and those about whom we are speaking. They are also detrimental to those who hear us. Plus, they make us look bad.
Flee from both. Don’t participate in either. Don’t stand around passively while others do them. Don’t be a party to slander or gossip.
Don’t slander others on social media. Don’t gossip.
Don’t believe the lie that’s it okay to say such things if they are true. Or if you believe them to be true.
Don’t allow others to slander or gossip on your social media profiles or posts. Yes, you are responsible for what others say on your posts. If hateful or slanderous things are said in thread on your post – on your page – you are responsible.
If others gossip in comments on your post, you are responsible. You can delete those comments. You can call them out. By leaving the comments unanswered you appear to approve them. You have been a party to the slander, the gossip, or the hate by allowing it to stand.
As Christians, we are held to a higher standard.
Not “Is it true?”
But “Is it giving grace to those who hear?”