I would like to share with you a lesson I learned about the danger of a listening to and passing along a rumor. In a previous church, the youth pastor came into my office and told me that someone had called the Church to ask about a fight that took place at a church league basketball game. The caller said that our church and another local church were playing when a fight broke out that even cleared the bleachers. The man gave specific names of people from our church and gave details about the entire fight. He finished the conversation by saying that both teams had been kicked out of the league. Over the years I have learned one thing, never to jump to conclusions over hearsay, no matter how much information is included in the story. I immediately called one of the young men allegedly involved in the basketball brawl and asked him if he knew about a fight at a basketball game. There was silence on the other end of the phone as if he was thinking of how to answer my question. He said that he had been refereeing some games at the Recreation Park for kids but there had been no real fights. Then I told him the whole story, and he told me the whole truth. He said, “Preacher, our church doesn’t even have a basketball team this year!” What?! This was not a myth, this was a lie. At least Big Foot left a footprint!
John 8:31-32 says, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(NAS) As Christians we should always speak the truth, for it is God’s truth that sets us free and keeps us free forever. The world should not have to wonder whether or not we speak the truth. One way of keeping our reputation is to make sure we don’t pass something on as truth when it is a myth, or even a lie. Don’t allow your character to be considered as a myth by the world, let them know that truth lives in you. Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!
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