I chuckled when this week’s title dropped in my spirit again. I remember as a child, I would say it all the time. Whenever someone would say something that wasn’t true or even if I was trying to cover up the truth I would say, “you betta talk what you know!”
I have been pondering with this topic for a while and what a coincidence, we have been plagued with many opportunities to tell folk, “you betta talk what you know!”
With all that is going on in the news in the past few months, I believe we need to all take this advice and only, “talk what you know.” I have to go a bit further and add sometimes we don’t need to talk at all.
From the Scott trial to Kim Burrell and now Bishop Long, we especially in the body of Christ need to, “talk what we know”and start practicing not talking at all.
Gossipers, hearsayers, tattlers and busybodies, to name few is what we have become. We meaning the proclaimed “body of Christ.”
Lennie that cannot be not you guys! That’s what the world does; You don’t have that going on among your sisters and brothers. That just can’t be because I remember growing up parents didn’t allow brothers and sisters to talk about each other. Sisters and brothers just didn’t go about telling everything that went on in their household.
We need to adhere to Paul’s advice to the church, “Nevertheless, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27.
We are called to be of one sound. There has been an uncertain and unfamiliar sound that has been resonating from the church more than ever. Church meaning us, the body, the church Ecclesia.
We don’t sound like who we represent. We don’t look like who we represent. There has been a great change. We are looking and sounding more and more like where we came from. We sing, “every round goes higher and higher,” but are we really going higher?
In order to hear whispering, one have to come in close to the speaker’s level. I believe we have fallen too low. We weren’t call to low levels of any sort. If we don’t know whole truth, we need to not speak. Proverbs 20:19 warns, “Whoever goes around as a gossip tells secrets. Do not associate with a person whose mouth is always open” Careful of those who always have negative things to say about others.
Let’s examine ourselves when we discover that people are comfortable with bringing gossips to us. If it is shut down the first time and they won’t return. If a dog finds a trash can they can easily get trash out of, they will keep coming back. You have to put a stop to it. Keep in mind too, when the dog eats the trash eventually the trash will come out from the other end.
I have disciplined my tongue to not say anything about a person, if it is not going to build them. Saints of old taught us, “if you don’t have anything good to say about a person, don’t say nothing at all.”
I believe this is my shortest post but my prayer is that some will bear witness to this truth and others will be enlightened by the same truth.
Join with me in this:
But speaking the truth in love, we should grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, being joined together and being held together by every ligament of its supply, according to the working in the measure of each individual part, the increase of the body makes for itself, to the building up of itself in love. Philippians 4:15-16