We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 (NIV).
Some verses are really convicting. I’m convicted deeply by this one. In my opinion, if you read verse 11 and don’t see it as a mirror staring back at you, well, you have a problem.
If you’re on Facebook (like I am), you’re a busybody; you’re a gossip. Our world of social media, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest or whatever is ALL gossip. That mean’s we’re all busybodies, busy but not busy about what matters.
I can take it; hit me. “You’re Davy Downer.” Yep, I guess I am. In that vein, let me hold up that mirror again. Maybe you’ll get a deep gaze into it. I know I did. I’m a busybody.
See, I love arguing politics. I’m like others in that I’m pretty sick about America’s state of political affairs. I’m like others in that I’m sick of seeing my side denigrated and put-down over what we believe. When someone says something I think is wrong, I like to stand up and defend what I believe. To be fair, folks on the other side sometimes present consideration-worthy, valid arguments; after all, we’re all Americans. But do I let it stop there? No, usually I don’t. Usually I press on, yammering about whatever point I was trying to make. Have I reinforced some opinions? Probably. Have I changed any minds? Unlikely.
Sometimes I pig-pile on “liking” things that I find funny; sometimes it’s at someone else’s expense. And, yes, I’m guilty of sharing things that are out & out wrong. Or vengeful. It’s no better than being in the hall in high school, chattering by the lockers or passing notes up and down the aisle. Or standing in the back of the church, catching up on who’s doing what behind their backs. For me, social media is nothing more than a place to waste valuable time talking about other people or myself.
(In addition to being arrogant, prideful, and, yes, sometimes a jerk) That makes me a gossip. Time for another look in the mirror. If Paul “friended” me, would he think I was a gossip, a busybody? Worse, would Jesus?
Boy that mirror is bright! Here’s an internet link, one of thousands, that mentions 32 verses decrying gossiping: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-gossip/. It wasn’t just Paul saying it’s wrong.
How to change? Stand at the cross: “I’m sorry, please forgive me” and mean it. Then back away from the laptop, the iPhone. When the urge comes to argue, back away and pray a little. It takes time; it takes effort; that mirror is heavy, and I’m a gossip addict. But if I don’t try, do I really want to face Jesus one day and have Him look at me disappointed about this? Or worse, have Him rightfully call me a hypocrite?
For further reading: 1 Timothy 5:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:12.
Lord, help me to change!