This article was so refreshing—and insightful. I would add that this prohibition against gossip is also a detriment to healing—either through redemption or divorce—for spousal abuse. It’s the same scenario, but in an even more private/secret arena where only one person and the children know what is really happening.
Although this article seems to be more about whistleblowing than the undermining work of gossip, I would like to add this caution: Without accountability, gossip can be lethal wherever it is allowed to blindly spin its courses. The Christian community must strive for higher standards than the secular world around us.
“Diversity” should not just be about broadening the student body to reflect the body of Christ. Any institution or organization committed to Jesus Christ must constantly self-reflect on the nature of God and the rightness of systems and structures that have, albeit mostly unintentionally, hindered those created in God’s image.
It’s all well and good to let the little children come to big church, as long as big church will become little-people friendly. Heavy theological words given in a 45-minute-long sermon can literally invite fidgeting and boredom—and certain punishment when they get home for “misbehaving.” I have many cringing memories of seeing parents haul young children out of church and smack them soundly for fidgeting. It’s true that “more is caught than taught”—except when it isn’t. ...1
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