It's akin to its ugly stepsister, slander. Gossip. The idle talk, the poisonous rumor, the vicious tattling, the telling of tales out of school. It's a powerful destroyer of any kind of trust and safety and peace in the workplace. The church. And relationships from here to there.
Let's face it. At one point or another, we're all guilty as charged.
I've gotta tell you that I'm impressed with how Dave Ramsey's organization handles gossip. If you toil away in the 9-5 workplace, I bet you wouldn't mind seeing this policy enacted around your water cooler.
And it only makes me wonder what our church leadership teams would look like if there was a zero-tolerance policy for loose lips, malicious chatter, and character assassination, most particularly under the guise of urgent 'prayer requests.' Especially in the hallways or parking lot after those endless committee, board, and business meetings.
You get what I'm saying, don't you ...
Here's a bit of straight talk, unedited, with no pious platitudes. I love it.
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