What is gossip? What is slander? What is both gossip and slander in the context of Mark Driscoll’s explosive The Trinity Church? A comment left by someone earlier today is triggering this post and opening the discussion. What would you say to what Rod left at this blog?
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
Exodus 23:10 NIV
This happens whenever I write about a controversial or cult like church. I want to write a response eventually but I want to lay out a comment and use that for discussion. Earlier today this blog got the following comment from Rod about Mark Driscoll. It appeared on the post about a family being driven from The Trinity Church, which you can read in, “A Family is Allegedly Driven From Mark Driscoll’s The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.”
Shame on you for spreading gossip. That in scripture is a sin…as bad as any other, and one thing the Lord detests. Change the heading on this page if your goal is just to “prove you right” about Mark. We are all fallible humans. Get a life and stop providing an avenue to slander others.
What would you say to Rod? The Trinity Church and Mark Driscoll’s behavior is a perfect situation to tackle the question. Is this blog trafficking in gossip? Is it slandering? Is it spreading rumors? What is sin and gossip? Should outsiders discuss Mark Driscoll? Let’s discuss this question.