Juicy Gossip 

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Both the Law of Moses and the gospel of Christ warn against the sin of talebearing. Moses wrote, "You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord" (Lev. 19:15-16). The apostle Paul warned, "And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not" (1 Tim. 5:13).

Talebearing (gossip) has been normalized as millions flock to the rumormongers as an avenue of their usual, information-gathering process. (If you doubt it, witness TV shows like Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, and Page 6, and publications like People Magazine and National Enquirer, whose website tag is, "Hottest Celebrity Gossip & Entertainment News.") Society is saturated with talebearing - juicy gossip that tingles the ears with baseless assumptions, groundless speculations, and false accusations against others.

Israel was told not to be talebearers precisely because it is unrighteous judgment against others (cf. Jas. 4:11-12). Paul observed the temptation to gossip that idleness poses, and urged younger widows to avoid that conduct by accepting their God-given domestic responsibilities.

Joe R. Price

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