Guilty of Gossip?
My blogs often come back to bite me. A couple of blogs down, I wrote about an awkward conversation at a wedding. I am tempted to remove the blog, but for transparency reasons I think it should be up for a while. A local guy invited me to lunch for a stimulating and encouraging conversation about life and ministry, church stories and faith in practice. Towards the end, he asked me if anyone at the table offended him. I was momentarily stunned and then recalled the blog and recounted as much of it as I could. He then told me that he had received the blog as had the guy I was talking to.
My new friend was gracious as could be, but I felt guilty because he/they identified themselves in the blog with my critical words (interesting that my blog about criticism came off as critical itself). I had to apologize and ask for the other fellow's contact information, because I should have talked with him first instead of blasting out.
I guess this also comes at an opportune time: Ash Wednesday, when I will soon reflect on the meaning of ashes and impose them on worshipers as their act of confession. My lead is to confess to gossiping about a brother instead of talking with him directly. A blog can do that, overtly or inadvertently. I can skip the Matthew 18 process about talking with a brother (or sister) face to face and jump to the easier venue of talking about him/her/them in the abstract, making me look innocent and them bad.
"Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Repent and believe the gospel."