Thursday, July 6th, '17
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!
"...gossips and busybodies, repeating things they
have no right to mention" (1 Timothy 5:13 Moffatt)
Is every subject that has become public
news a public necessity? Paula Jones accused Bill, okay. Brad dumped Jennifer,
right. And some peep caught Jimmy peeping, heard that too. Those are all front-page
stories, hard to avoid. But what about the back-alley stuff, the break room
fodder, the allegations dropped that serve no purpose except to stir a
suspicious feeling? There are some things a person has no right to mention even
in the face of accurate knowledge.
One, if there is no personal
involvement, it is none of our business. That's why I have no interest in Peephole
magazine or the Entertainment Tonight television show, ET,
because I have never met, nor will ever, a single person over which they make
such a big to-do. Second, if we don't have all the facts, it is none of our
business. The scene of the crime may appear a particular way but without
understanding motive we're at least one important puzzle piece short. Most
gossip is proof of limited knowledge, not "inside knowledge". Having nothing in
his or her own life worth talking about, the gossip falls back on stories that
belong to others. That is social plagiarism at best. My early mentor,
Stanfield, always said, "Poor minds talk about people, average minds talk about
things, and great minds talk about concepts". One's speech categorizes itself.
Third, if it doesn't edify, it is none
of our business. The discussion usually starts with something like, "I am
telling you this totally out of love..." Yea, "out" of love is right! Paul said,
"Speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15). Peter responded that "love covers
the multitude of sins". Multitude? Oh goody-goody, can't wait to call up
Jackie. One guy said, "I never talk about anyone unless it's good, and brother,
this one is really good!" Try to remember Solomon's wisdom, "In the multitude
of words sin is not lacking..." (Proverbs 10:19) It is like passing a "pssst"
down the line in a set of bleachers. Each person adds to or subtracts from the
original statement until it ends totally contorted, twisted and confused. Guy
one, "Check your zipper". Guy two, "Fetch your slippers". Guy three, "Go catch
Flipper". Three people down and we've already morphed from a question of
etiquette to saving the dolphin population. It would be much easier to just
leave it alone.