With the news today that The President of the United States is sharing information with foreign powers, I’m prompted to discuss the issue of gossiping. Information feels like power, and there is nothing like having information that you think no one else has, and showing off by sharing it. It does make you feel more powerful. It’s natural and that is just the way it is.
But are you demonstrating love, compassion, thoughtfulness, caring, kindness, gentleness, self-control, responsibility in sharing information that should be kept private? Do you risk hurting someone? Is it a form of bullying? Are you putting lives at risk?
The Bible has a simple answer: don’t do it.
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. Proverbs 11:13
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. Proverbs 16:28
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. Proverbs 20:19