Because I love Buddy, in my eyes he can do no wrong. I excuse his sins that maybe others who don’t love him would more readily recognize.
In 2017 it was very noticeable that people were repeating all sorts of stories about public figures or expressing downright hatred; and often, not being careful to vet what they were repeating was actually true.
When we love someone, it’s very easy to ignore the ugly truth about their misdeeds but, on the other hand, it’s also very easy to believe the very worst about someone that we dislike or despise (although God tells us to love everyone like He does and not hate).
God makes it very clear in His revealed word to us, the Bible, that He HATES slander:
“…he who spreads slander is a fool.”–Proverbs 10:18
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man;”–Jesus, Matthew 15:19-20
And both apostles Paul and Peter adjured Christians not to slander:
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you along with all malice.”–Paul, Ephesians 4:11
“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander…”–Peter, 1 Peter 2:1
“There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue…”–Proverbs 6:16-17
In these verses, slander shares top billing with evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, lying, theft, bitterness, clamor, malice, hypocrisy and envy. Slander is not a sin that God looks lightly upon. It destroys people, “murders” their reputations and lives, and “separates intimate friends (Proverbs 16:28)”. It also makes you look like a fool when you repeat something that other people know is wrong.
I don’t believe God wants us to have a pollyanna attitude toward life, whistling in the dark while the city burns around us. But God wants us to, instead, to speak the TRUTH in LOVE (emphasis mine)–Ephesians 4:15
I believe it’s idolatry not to hold your elected officials accountable and to excuse or turn a blind eye to everything they do, because then you’re worshipping them. But I believe, in political debate, we should speak only the TRUTH, or make it clear that what we’re saying is an opinion and not fact, so that we’re not deceiving people. And to have a humble attitude, to “be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those in opposition” (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
I’m no innocent. I’ve learned that I need to verify from different sources that I trust before I repeat something about a public figure. (And this is not about gossip but engaging in debate.) But just because someone is famous, it doesn’t make it right to tell lies about them, no matter if your motive or end goal is good or not.
So as I continue to strive to ensure that I’m not repeating falsehood, I’m imploring others to do the same and debate with accurate facts and truth, not to spread malicious lies just because it’s someone you don’t like or disagree with.
The truth always comes out, eventually. And I want to walk in integrity and have people trust what I say is correct, even if they may disagree.
Every morning, I try to remember to pray: “Lord, please help me to discern truth from error, and fact from fiction. Help me know when someone is lying to me (because I tend to be a tad too trusting).
God bless you. Thanks for reading. I hope you’re having a great New Year.
Dawn and also on Buddy’s behalf
Jesus claimed to be “The Way, The Truth, and The Life.” It’s hard to tell truth from error when you don’t have Jesus in your life: It’s easy to be deceived. But Jesus promises that when we invite Him into our heart that “the Spirit of truth comes, (and) He will guide you into all the truth (Jesus, John 16:13)”.
If you want to step into the light of truth, please pray: Dear Jesus, I believe that you died for my sins and took the punishment I deserved. Please forgive me and enter into my heart. I ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me into all truth. Thank you for loving me. Amen.
If you said this prayer, you’ve begun your eternal life and joined the Christian family. Please find a good church to fellowship with and grow in the knowledge of the truth. God bless you.