insanitybytes22 has a post here that links to a great post on a blog I suspect I will be visiting from time to time.
What is the subject? Slander.
When the Bible was written, the printed word was scarce. Television, radio, and the Internet did not exist. So now we have many more ways to lie about our neighbors. We have many more ways to use deceitful words to kill our neighbors them.
Consider the irony. Think about the people who want gun control. The tongue, the pen, the typewriter, the microphone — such are far more dangerous than a mere pistol or rifle.
Kill with lies? Yes. Ever heard of propaganda? Disinformation? The military refers to such things as information warfare. Slander and libel does not require military expertise. A neighbor can do it, and many dishonest politicians are quite adept. So it is that slander and libel has infected our politics. We see it daily. Even what is the latest big story, the NFL’s disrespect to our national anthem and flag is based largely upon stupid nonsense repeated again and again.
Think about that phrase, for example: “hands up, don’t shoot.” Think about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Because liars kept repeating and printing a lie about the policeman who shot Brown and other policemen, liars have caused policemen to lose their lives, other policemen to lose their reputations, and many citizens to lose their property.
So what should we do about it? Please consider visiting insanitybytes22’s post. Then read that post that so delighted her. The bible provides some excellent advice.
When there is no proof, just unproven allegations, there is no reason to believe or listen. In fact, taking people seriously who offer nothing except unproven allegations of wrong doing is sinful.
Happy Lord’s Day!
Just thought I should say that before I descend into my dark humor about my favorite subjects, gossip and soul murder.
So naturally I was rather delighted with this post “How To Kill Your Neighbor”
Extra credit points for comparing it all to a really bad trip to the dentist. He says, “Like the slow rot of tooth decay, these sins imperceptibly wear away at our moral enamel until the pain they cause is unbearable and requires drastic action.”
He’s absolutely right, too.
He goes on to say, “Finally, don’t just aim to put off slanderous speech; put on the God-honoring, edifying speaking of truth to one another. In Ephesians 4:25, Paul says, “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.”
A hearty amen to that! It’s not enough to just turn away, we need to be actively speaking…
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