A few weeks ago, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in a long time. We chatted a bit and then the name of a mutual acquaintance came up. My friend said something critical.
I’m not sure why, but it upset me. Not because I knew the mutual acquaintance very well, but because I didn’t know the mutual acquaintance very well. Prior to this, I had never heard anything unflattering about the mutual acquaintance.
This is not a theological blog; lately, I’ve been thinking about gossip based on a meditation I read on the Ninth Commandment. Number Nine says:
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
It is a hard thing not to bear false witness against neighbors; gossip is fun sometimes. We are living in unusual times and discord is all around us. I’m not perfect and I have said unflattering things about people. Being human, I will again. I’m working on having a charitable esteem of my neighbors and rejoicing and promoting their good name. Sometimes, it is the only thing we can do.
Think about it. I do.