The Bible is very blunt about gossip and slander, condemning them at every turn. They are included on several New Testament lists of bad behavior. But they are so easy to let slip! What do we do?
Gossip and slander are everywhere! In a recent podcast, the kindest definitions we could come up with were; Gossip - hushed, idle and careless talk. Creating or repeating things that aren’t true, aren’t complete and are nobody’s business. Slander - an out loud misrepresentation of someone with the intent to damage them. Gossip and slander are permanent residents in our daily lives. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Communication in its highest form is often looked at as the deep connection between two souls that barely needs words… In the Bible it’s different. It focuses on the expressiveness between us in relation to the cause of Christianity itself. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast with the same name.
We all need to be heard, and we all need to be acknowledged. We all need that feeling of validation that comes with being personally recognized as having value, and all of this comes through the important tool of communication. The problem is that we have become terrible at both the giving and receiving ends of the communication spectrum. Somehow we think that posting, texting, tweeting and emojis can replace actual conversation, looking someone in the eye, feeling their emotions or touching their shoulder. Whether it is our lack of attention span, our need for convenience, personal laziness or simply not knowing what we are missing, we have seemingly deserted real true person-to-person communication and replaced it with cold and emotionless technology. So, what do we do? How do we relearn both the giving and receiving ends of this invaluable and necessary tool for a fulfilled life called "communication"?
Gossip – is it ever useful or good or is it always a waste of time and bad? Have you ever stopped to consider just how much of our present culture not only accepts gossip but places it in the enviable and important position of being a core and driving value of our everyday existence? Think about just how many publications, TV programs, talk shows and news items are driven by gossip. Now think about how much of our conversations at our work place or with our friends revolve around gossip. If you see it as I do, we are relentlessly inundated with gossip at every turn. So, what can we do about it? What should we do about it? How can we reduce the role of gossip in our lives and what should we replace it with?
Did you ever wonder how many words the average person utters in a day? Did you ever wonder how many of those words uttered are constructive, destructive or just plain idle talk? While we are not going to try and pinpoint percentages, we are going to talk about talking and the effects that it has on those who hear as well as the effects on those who speak. Is gossip ever good? Do we ever slander anyone without truly meaning to do so? Stay with us as we look into the spoken word and biblical principles that can help us focus on making our words positive proactive and powerful!
Remember the commercials way back when about E.F. Hutton? The room was crowded with people all carrying on their own individual conversations and the moment one of these people quietly mentions the words E.F. Hutton, the room falls silent. The reason? Well, according to the ad, everyone wants to know what that broker has to say. Essentially, the ad portrays one specific broker with an overwhelming credibility to command respect from everyone. Do people listen to you with interest when you speak? An even better question is, do you listen with interest when others speak? Stay with us as we look into what it takes to speak and be heard, as well as what it takes to listen and comprehend.