The pastor who wrote that article about gossip does have some points that I identify with for example, once you become a Christian you are a part of a new family. A church family, a body of believers, some theologians believe that once you become a believer you become a member of a much larger family not only the church that you attend but are part of the family of Christian believers in the whole.
He asserts that gossip is a critical part of a church. I disagree with this point because the act of gossiping does not produce positive results (more bad then good). Often times, when we do engage in gossip we are going behind people’s backs. This act in itself is negative.
In an Internet blog post, Reaoch (2008) states that gossip can be seen as a sin. I agree with his insight that the act of gossip is a sin, we are talking about another individual behind their backs often times not knowing all of the facts of a matter. We gather further evidence from the 10 Commandments in baring false witness against our neighbor. If we are not aware of all of the facts and are telling others second hand information that may not be correct we are baring false witness. Therefore, I believe that this act of gossiping is immoral because gossip tends to create more bad then positive results, dealing with the principles of goodness and rightness, and truth-telling.
So what is the solution to the problem of gossip? It is simple let us talk to the individual face to face and share what we see going on. John Piper states in a blog post “Let’s not talk to others about people’s faults. Let’s talk to them about their faults” (Piper, 2006, para. 2.) I feel that if people start talking with each other instead of talking behind the backs of others a better relationship could be formed and we will grow as a Christian.
Piper, J. (2006, August 9). Talking to People Rather Than About Them [Blog]. Message posted to http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/talking-to-people-rather-than-about-them
Reaoch, B. (2008, June 24). 12 Sins We Blame on Others [Blog]. Message posted to http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/12-sins-we-blame-on-others