Reflection 7: What You Can Expect From Life: According to Gossip

13 “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”

~ Psalm 34:13

“He said”, “She said”, “They said”, “No one said that!”, “Everyone was saying…!”, “Hey, don’t tell him but…!”

There is nothing anymore disgusting to the Lords ears and heart than that of  GOSSIP!  There is no other form of speech which is more misleading, and it is so on purpose with malicious intent or else it would not be called GOSSIP!  This is the idle chatter in the break-room, or between friends over the phone, or housewives as they sip tea in the afternoon. It is an action that demands a reaction, and the small pebble  thrown into the lake does not cause a small ripple, but a tsunami of destruction once it lands upon the ears of its target. It is an action mostly done in secret under the veil of good intent or innocent fun that could in the hands of the wrong people destroy the life of the one whom is being spoken about – behind their back. Key word here is “behind-ones-back”, (adverb: deceitfully: Synonyms; covertly, secretly, sneakily, sub-rose, surreptitiously), and it is all these things, (though you might want to argue the point out of guilt for being caught), because as children we all taught through watching our parents that this thing called GOSSIP is rude and  therefore we don’t speak about peoples’ private business to others. Well, perhaps in todays day-and-age we have become more sophisticated and have become masters at keeping it out of view. On the other hand had we done what our grandparents thought when dealing with conflict when problems arise by taking it to that person privately. But this takes to much courage and honesty  to confront them. “YES!”, to say your peace to their face and not behind their back is less fun indeed! This one word; or more to the point this one “action”; that which is especially troublesome because it goes against everything the Bible teaches, for it was an “action” thought about before being perpetrated  which gives away the fact that there was a choice to take part at some point that was made whether indirectly or directly. A small choice that which carries with it such harm, a small action that reveals a much deeper plot, for there had to have been a plan set into motion, a road map followed, and the fault in character exploited to carry it out, indeed a choice was give, received  and made. For I tell you there is no worse a crime in the eyes of God than this idle chatter disguised as innocent behavior, one seen from afar coming. All while in your heart knowing it to be wrong, but instead of subverting the notion the choice to do it anyway; ignoring the repercussions at someone-else’s expense!  For I say to you, “GOSSIP”, is not harmless chatter, but yet the Devils tool to separate and divide, it is an evil tool to isolate people from the crowd, and it is a vile way to conduct business of any-kind!  Gossip is evil and if you think for one moment you can contain it then you my friend are sadly mistaken!


16 “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 19:16

A simple play on words with the word “GOSSIP”: For it sounds like SURIP, running thick and hot, so sweet and delightful, thus it is slow and deadly for if swallow whole or gobbled up instead of  SIPED and over time savoring the taste, thus to much your stomach will ache. It is one of the greatest temptations known to man-kind, one that which many fall into, and many become addicted too. Evidence of this is found in the first two links above in the pervious paragraph of websites that which at their very core is based upon spreading rumors and falsehoods, causing mischief in such a sublime way that we take it for granted and easily dismiss the evil veiled within. Evidence of the acceptances of GOSSIP in our modern lives is found in our magazines which peddle stories like, “ELVIS IS STILL ALIVE”, or “Emily Maynard; FURIOUS OVER JEF’S TELL-ALL.” More sicking than ever is the Kardashian Sisters take over of US Weekly as they, “DEFEND THEIR MEN”, when there is so many stories of these three destroying countless mens lives and fooling the public all for the sake of money!  How much does Kim make? “CLICK HERE!”  Well according to, Wetpaint Entertainment Staff, who wrote in an online article this past  February, “The über-driven reality queen makes an estimated $40,000 per episode of the Kardashian spin-offs.”  Wetpaint also reported, “E! recently revealed that Ms. Kardashian rakes in a whopping $5.45 million a year. According to The Daily Beast, which dubbed her the highest-earning reality TV star, Kim took in $6 million in 2010. And that, they point out, is a conservative estimate.”  In this reporting of Kim’s earnings do we find the key or give away and is the shining example I have thus far warned you about when describing the allure of GOSSIP! For in the very last quote from Wetpaint’s article; How Much Money Does Kim Kardashian Make?”, that which was published in the online Magazine appropriately named, “THE KARDASHIANS”,  is the word, “Estimate”! They use this word for legal purposes, but in truth they also use it because they don’t know so in truth they are “GUESSING!”  Here’s some food-for-thought; wouldn’t it be more ethical to write something that was going to be absorbed by the masses that which was proven to be the truth? “Oh…I forgot”, the truth doesn’t sell well in the realm of  “Reality-TV”, which in and of itself is an oxymoron! Why write about something common, something provable when speculation is more palatable? The other question which might make you think is,”Why does WETPAINT,E!,US WEEKLY, or any other T.V show or MAgazine care so much about how much Kim Kardashian or her sisters make or what they do?”  Simply put, they care because you care, the masses, the sheep being lead to the slaughter care, and that kind of mischief sells articles! Kim and her sisters are just as guilty of the crime of sensationalism; which,” is a type of editorial bias in mass media in which events and topics in news stories and pieces are over-hyped to increase viewership or readership numbers” (“Issue Area: Sensationalism.” Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). So the money is found in the numbers, and in droves does so many people eat this useless noise up, sipping on it as if it was honey, waiting for the next weekly broadcast of the rich and famous, as these magazines peddle the promise of a moments escape form a perceived boring life lived in the boring areas of our country known to everyone as the “suburban sprawl.” The concept of a boring life is what they sell to you through broadcasting a famous persons fabulous life as they burn through money as if it was water! “Man… what I would do with all that money or fame…”, this illusion is their empire built from your back!  It is you the readers and watchers of this garbage that allow the lavish life style of people like Kim as Hollywood pebbles the lives of the famous, attention getters, and setters, before you calling it real when in fact what they do is for the numbers, and in reality they all, everyone of them have sold their soul and become slave to their viewers because of the numbers.

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For I say to you people, wake-up from your GOSSIP DRUG! Here before you are people whom most of the population will never truly meet or know and who’s lives are no better than the ones we, (the common people),  are forced to live. It is all to easy to dismiss the veiled  implication of GOSSIP columnists, and their talebearing, but evil is evil no matter the form! For I say to you, if you are faithfully to God, the only news you need is that which comes from God Himself, and His news is the most righteous and most high in all the world! For it is not talebearing, but truth telling!

I personally challenge Kim and her sisters, which I have no bias against, nor ill will, but to do for them as I do for everyone and that is to set straight the ways of God, spreading His will to your heart through the telling of truth; that if they indeed want to make a difference then help those in need. I say to you I would love to see Kim feeding the homeless, shooting her show in the gutters of America and spend her money building households of love than to spend it on a fake marriage and rapid retreat to the man she had left only now to defend. I invite her to come to my school in Los Angeles, it’s just a short hop on her private plane if she was in New York, or a limousine ride form her home in L.A. All my kids would love to meet her, support a couple a hundred beautiful children’s education for a year or two, for this would be just a drop in the bucket for her GOSSIP EMPIRE and go to prove me wrong. I hope that she does for her own sake. 

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” ~ 1 John 4:6

The origin of GOSSIP; is roughly 3,500 years old, according to Ben Widdicombe, online columnist for Time Magazine, as he wrote, “according to the author Roger Wilkes. ‘Cuneiform tablets dating from 1500 B.C. chronicle a Mesopotamian mayor having an affair with a married woman,’ he wrote in a 2002 book, ‘Scandal: A Scurrilous History of Gossip.'” In retrospect I find his article very well written. The awesome thing about his article is found within the title, “Poparazzi | A History of Gossip”, a title which is clearly attention getting, not just to a readers eyes, but to that of the search engines of our modern web, or better known as S.E.O., and he clearly states this as his first order of business. So we can deduce from this that we are not dealing with a new phenomena rather an old evil, and I hazard to guess the notion of telling-tall-tales to grab peoples attention goes farther back than just a messly 3,500 years. In our modern era “GOSSIP” is forever linked with the word, “POPARAZZI”, which has only both furthered the down slide of the word GOSSIP, but has also sensationalized it.  Thus, propagating a veil practice of snippy articles and scandalous pictures which go to fuel the imagination for the soul purpose to make money.

5 “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.” ~ James 3:5-6

As James did not mince words neither have I in this harsh reflection of mans actions, but for the sake of a few to profit. My harsh words and disposition is not to be taken as a means to make famous the very message I write or to rank high in SEO web searches, but again to inform and to explain the evil that which is among us. The very evil which uses our tongue to cause mischief, destruction, and the very flame of hell it’s self. I would thus be remis if I took calmed my words and did not teach what is the message found in the Bible. For James so rightfully pointed out that,

3 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.” ~ James 3:1-2

For indeed not all of us was given the same talents, an yet we all stumble and fall. We all have hardships and in the eyes of God we are all the same, His children. But to the teachers, I must confess the sin of talebearing is a mortal mistake, thus I bring to you the truth of the matter. In this way too isn’t the famous the story’s they teach through their examples so sensationalized a form of teaching, and if so then the gossip they spread is their undoing. For the things of this world is not forever, and it all will pass away. 

20 “For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. 21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.” ~ Proverbs 26:20-22

Is it not also true that if teachers stop teaching the flame of imagination is extinguished from their students hearts. It is not the distraction of things are the attentions of those less in knowledge taken with no hope of reproach, no way to thus defend their weaker state of mind? What a state of disrepute and disrepair have thus we fallen so far? What then do they learn or glean from life with no more will to learn but rather a lackluster manner of viewing the world they inhabit through the glow of those who do not represent the truth, rather a fantasy.  I tell you now, no teacher has the right to extinguish this flame from their students hearts nor stand idly by and say or do nothing while ever watching their beloved children sink into an endless quagmire of sin. Nor does any origination, corporation, or GOSSIP Empire have the right to misslead our children with their illusions and promises of a momentary escape upon such fanciful lies! To these people I write; our children are watching! Be mindful of the things that which you love to spread, for our children, your children are watching! But it is also true that those who are talebearers love to spin mischief, spreading it upon the wind, allowing it to fall upon the masses like rain drops from a gentle storm. But it is also true that in the same manner is pestilence spread and  from this does sickness take root, and from that does the multitude die; withering away in the tale winds which blow from an unknown decease, liken to GOSSIP! Be weary I say to you, for God is watching! For these illusions of grandeur and fake pretenses are the sum of mans total sin. There will be no mercy given to those who spread rumors, and tall tales, there is no place in Heaven for those who weave lies for the sake of personal gain, and for those who love to watch a persons life sink into the flames of hell due to untruths and the bearing of false witness.  The greatest of examples in this GOSSIP SIN is non-other than Lucifer himself, the most beautiful, the morning star turned the great tempter, first angel turned master of SIN, turned into Satan, the great devil despised by God and by the world!


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