It saddens me to have to write a post like this, but as someone who loves my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I feel led to post a word of caution to people. I’m not going to mention any names because I don’t want to prejudice any one person to another. Recently, I’ve encountered some posts implying that another is lying on their blog, and implying that they’re doing things that aren’t right. I don’t know whether they are or not. Personally, I have seen nothing on their blog to give me any reason to think so.
To make this short and sweet, please prayerfully consider what others say about other people. We cannot know someone’s motive for what they say about another. Some people are very well-intentioned. Others are less so… But, I encourage you to read what the Bible says about gossip and slander.
The way I look at it is this: I take every person on their own terms. I have no problem with anyone so long as they respect me, what I do, and my right to do it. I think God entitled us all to have an opinion, but that doesn’t give us the right to say things about others that aren’t true. I neither support or encourage gossip or slander on this blog. If you disagree with something I write, I have no problem with you expressing how you feel about it, so long as you do so respectfully. But, I want you to know you are under no obligation to read this blog. You don’t like what I say you are welcome to unsubscribe with no hard feelings on my part.
I encourage you to please, please treat others as you would like to be treated. If someone makes a comment about someone else on your blog please give both parties fair treatment, and consideration. Don’t dismiss somebody just because someone else doesn’t like or agree with another. Base your opinions and judgments about people on your own experience with them; not on someone else’s.
Try to remember that we are representatives of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and that our blogs are being read by people desperately in need of our Lord and Savior’s forgiveness and grace. How will they ever experience that, or even want it, if we don’t show that we have experienced it ourselves and given it to others.
It wasn’t me of course, but I know where you are coming from. Christians shouldn’t slander ANYONE online. I learned through a “trial and error” and I ended up hurting the family of someone I loved. They all forgave me of course, but still….it wasn’t the right thing to do.
lol. Just part of human nature, Eddy. Sad to say I’ve been there, too. Like you I’ve been forgiven. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it. I just don’t like to see it happen…
Thanks for writing this. We should always do our best to give each one a “clean slate”, and then let others form thier own opinion. Part of our maturity I believe, is to allow others to make up thier own minds. Speaking un=truths about someone, or even a tuth that cast a shadow, should be far from our lips.
Amen Wayne..you couldn’t have said it better. The Bible clearly warns us against gossip. It says if you have a problem to take it to that person, if it can’t be resolved, to take it before the elders of the church. In this case, maybe the person or people should take it to one of the online pastors. Regardless, God’s family has no place for gossip and slander, and it clearly says that God hates lying, and that all liars, fornicators, idolators, etc. shall have their place in the fire which burns with fire and brimstone. Amen, Wayne…well written. Gossip, slander, and lying are not of God, and anyone who does this clearly does not have the true Spirit of our Father living in her/him and should go to His throne today on their knees and repent, and cease the behavior(s).
Satan sure likes to keep people from receiving!
Thanks for sharing this, Wayne.
You’re very welcome. It’s needs to be shared. 🙂