Inaction is just as bad as taking part, people say. Those who don’t stand up for what’s right are only helping the horrors along. We all agree with it, even say that we’ll never be the ones who stand by and let bad things happen.
But when all of our friends are gossiping about the new girl or that horrid teacher, how do we stand up against the gossip without sounding like we think ourselves more righteous than them?
Gossip is intrinsic. None of us can escape it. We’ll all come into contact with people gossiping about us, around us, and sometimes we’ll even join in on the gossip. After all, it’s a lot easier to smile and agree than it is to stand against the status quo.
But did Jesus call us to stick to the status quo?
No, instead He tells us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15 ESV).
Instead of living in the world, we are called to live in Christ. And we all know Christ isn’t one to simply stick to the status quo. No, Christ would have us shake things up, take a stand against sin.
But, wait, does that mean that gossip is sin?
Proverbs 11:12-13 says, “Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered” (ESV).
If we’re living in Christ, we definitely shouldn’t be gossiping.
Further, Proverbs 31:8-9 says to “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy” (ESV). Gossip hurts those on the other end, and God calls us to stand up for those being slandered against.
It might seem like a hard thing to do—trust me, I know—but if we surrender all of our concerns and all of our shortcomings to Christ, He will provide a way for us. We don’t have to do anything on our own because we have the strength of Christ living within us.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Psalm 46:5 (NIV)
Kayla Johansen – Road Less Traveled