Proverbs 14:5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
I don’t want to start a rumour here, but rumour has it, that Putin might be running on the Republican ticket in the next US election and has a good chance of winning. Just something I found from a reliable source off of the search engine Yandex. It must be true, it was on the internet. Rumour has it that Elvis has been managing projects at Area 51. Apparently, a reliable source saw him there. I read the headline on a newspaper while in line at the grocery store. Rumour has it that health Canada sends out a grief counsellor to men on their fiftieth birthday to gently let them know that they will not be called up for try-outs for the National Hockey League. I heard this at Tim Horton’s so it’s got to be true. DISCLAIMER!!! Just covering my ‘lie-ability’ bases. The above rumours are not true! At least I don’t think they are.
Yea, rumour has it all right! What rumours have is a stolen licence to broadcast whatever it wants in order to secure the agenda it needs to influence a gullible public. 2 Tim. 4:4 So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. The question becomes, why are people so willing to fall for a rumour or believe a lie? Most of the time with some thought and reasoning a rumourous lie can be debunked before one acts upon it. Where has our common sense and logic gone, if believing the rumour is automatically the first choice in a person’s heart?
You are either in control of a mendacious rumour and it stops with you, or the rumour controls you, and you spread it farther. Isa. 44:20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?” The problem with rumours is that sometimes parts of the rumours might be true, but which part? Usually, the part that a person embellishes to suit their own agenda. God has asked us to be honest witnesses in life and to proclaim His goodness, and not to become a gossip destroying the character of His people. Prov. 14:5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
Someone said, ” Everyone’s integrity is perfect unless we have to test it.” There is nothing like rumours to test a soul’s integrity. To actually stop and find out if what has been said is true. Imagine, if we all took the time to do that. The healing of so many souls would begin in earnest. Prov. 26:20 Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. The salient point God is trying to make with our attitudes toward rumours is not to be the one who spreads them.
Why does God not want us to participate in the use of rumours? Because rumours promote fear and anxiety. Mark 13:7 When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. Who is the one who does everything and anything to have fear and anxiety running rampant throughout this world? Yes, the enemy of our soul. So why would we partner up with that loser?
I was once approached by a young lady who said she had heard a rumour about my wife and I struggling in our faith. Now, this was news to me, but apparently, we had left the church in anger, again, news to me. I asked her if she had prayed for us when she had heard this gossip. “No,” she said, but I have decided to come by and ask you for myself. “Well, praise the Lord,” I thought. At least she did not keep the rumour going.
Have we not been called to an ascendant life in Christ, and to be obedient to our communion in the faith? Then let us lay aside the rumour-mongering that is so easy to post, repost, and to give spurious opinions on every imaginable platform available in the world today.
Rumour has it that anything can be said today without consequence. Don’t be one of those fools listed with the ones promoting lies. One of the things that God hates is, Prov. 6:19 A lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers. What rumours have – are pain and suffering. Stop spreading them. Amen!