For years and years we have had the dirty little secrets of the rich and famous revealed to us by the tabloids and certain magazines. Although the information was often incorrect, many were tantalized with the gossip stories. We even discovered through the tabloids that aliens could steal a baby right from the mother's womb and turn it into some kind of alien-controlled super human, or the world's oldest man 130 years old set a new world record for the 100 yard dash. The list of the bizarre goes on and on as well as the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Today we have something new, the tabloids for the not so rich and not so famous. They are the social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and others. I am amazed by the personal information that is shared and then twisted by others. I am not slamming these forms of media, but they can sure get out of hand. I am not sure why people feel so at liberty to share personal and hurtful things about themselves, family members, and others in general. It may be because they are not looking them in the eye that they are emboldened to say the things they say. We should all take care what we put out in the public for potentially all the world to see. Once we hit the enter key it is out forever and can't be taken back. Gossip is a poison that can destroy relationships and even lives. The Bible gives us several warnings about gossip and tale bearing.
James 3:2-12, "For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh."
Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who live it will eat its fruit."
Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer."
Can we be careful to see that the words we post for the world to see are acceptable in the sight of the Lord? Can we guard our lips and speak encouraging and positive words to others? Can we think before we write? May the blessing of the Lord be upon you.
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.