Jump directly to the Content

Freedom, Gossip, and the Christian "TMZ"

Is getting into other’s lives really all it’s cracked up to be?
Freedom, Gossip, and the Christian "TMZ"

Enjoy this piece from PARSE regular A.J. Swoboda. It's provocative. - Paul

In 1978, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a prophetic revolutionary who'd experienced firsthand the evils of the Russian gulags and boldly confronted the communism of his motherland, delivered the commencement address at Harvard University. It was titled: "A World Split Apart."

Solzhenitsyn was new to America and from that fresh perspective he railed against Americans who wrongly believed they were entitled to false "freedoms." He suggested that Americans falsely believed they had the freedom to look into everyone else's life. He writes:

…we witness shameless intrusions on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: "everyone is entitled to know everything." But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era: people also have the right not to know, and it is a much more valuable one. The right not to have our divine souls stuffed with gossip, nonsense, ...
Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Change Diplomacy
Change Diplomacy
Steps to take—before you take a major step.
From the Magazine
Who Will Pay Africa’s Medical Bills?
Who Will Pay Africa’s Medical Bills?
Locals are increasingly running African mission hospitals. The next challenge: keeping foreign donors.
Editor's Pick
When Churches Put Love at the Center
When Churches Put Love at the Center
How "beloved community" helps us envision tangible ways to embody kingdom values.