Acceptable Christian Gossip?
I’m preaching on James 3:1-12 this Sunday about taming our tongues and so have been thinking about unhelpful speech like gossip.
I’m wondering what are the ‘acceptable’ forms of gossip that lurks frequently in Christian and church circles that you’ve noticed.
The classic example is gossip under the guise of ‘sharing prayer points’.
More recently, I’ve been on the receiving end of a quite a bit of gossip, much of which takes place as ‘Someone I know told me that people have been concerned about what you’ve been teaching or preaching.’ Obviously they’re so concerned that they’ve talked about me but not to me. From what I know, that happens to nearly every Christian leader at some point.
Or another example: I get an email from a church leader because another church leader who no longer goes to my church had chatted with a youth group parent from my church who has concerns about a recent youth camp that his child only attended a few hours of. And of course neither the parent or the ex-church leader talked to me or any of the youth leaders about it directly.
What do you think? What are the ‘acceptable’ forms of Christian gossip that you think happens in our churches? I’d love to read your comments (but no names please or this post becomes self-defeating).