Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

Open graves

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A year ago, we were watching the beginning of the end of Tiger Woods’ marriage, and soon after, other high-profile celebrity infidelity scandals followed. It seemed that the gossip on these breakups dominated the news this year. Here’s a quick blog post I wrote earlier this year on the topic somewhere else:

Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips.—Romans 3:13 (NIV)

This might seem like a bizarre story, but living out in the country on a state highway growing up, there was always some kind of road kill, and it usually ended up near our mailbox or where I walked to and from the bus stop. It’s a disgusting smell, the same kind of smell when you have rotten or spoiled food in your refrigerator.

I would imagine it’s the same kind of smell you would have in an open grave, yet people flock to gossip, half-truths, and lies. If only we had the same reaction to that kind of talk as we do to an open grave, we might not be a culture so obsessed with gossip.

Do you struggle with gossip or the gossip of our pop-culture obsessed world? Be honest, and discuss it if you’d like in the comments.


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