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Thursday, July 6th, '17

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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.


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