Flee from Slander and Gossip

From Webster’s Dictionary:

slan·der\ˈslan-dər\

: to make a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone

gos·sip\ˈgä-səp\

: 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?”

14 thoughts on “Flee from Slander and Gossip

  1. I’ve thought about this often…what would I do if a comment were made that I don’t agree with? I think I would use it as an opportunity to share truth, but to leave it as if unnoticed or unchallenged, I know I would not be able to do that. Our social media supposed to be a platform that represents us, and we represent God.

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  2. In younger years when my self-esteem and self-worth were lacking it was easy to get caught up in gossip as a way to throw the spotlight onto someone else. Now I do my best to avoid the office gossip and social media rants. If/when it is around me I try to stop it or let them know I don’t want to be a part of it. This post is a great reminder for all of us!

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  3. I love this. Before speaking or writing or leaving a comment ask yourself not “is it true?” But “is it giving grace to those who hear?” Beautifully said.

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  4. Thank you for this. I was in a compromising situation not too long ago, where my coworker was talking about others. I tried my best to ignore, but I should have said something. I would just kindly disagree, yet I never said, I don’t want to hear that. She has a reputation for doing this. I need to stay away from her or speak up. Thanks again for your post.

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