Why are we so quick to listen to speech which denigrates others and speaks evil of them? Why is it we delight in the character assassination which is so prevalent in the media today?
The answer is no further away than our own hearts. The truth is, if there were no market for it – if we didn’t drink it up and support those who do it – it could not last long as a publicly indulged commodity.
As Christians, we ought to be concerned that our taste for gossip is nearly insatiable. That we love to hear ‘dirt” on others, and especially rejoice to hear of the failures and miseries of those we disagree with, oppose or dislike.
This state of affairs is not due to the fodder itself, but to the wickedness in our hearts which likes to drink it up like sweet tea, and re-package it for the next consumer.
So it is we are warned in vs. 5, that whoever mocks the impoverished – whether we think of them as morally impoverished, doctrinally poor, monetarily bereft, intellectually deficient or politically bankrupt – must never forget these are creatures of the same God who made and owns us. And if and when we take shameless delight in their woes – we ourselves will not unpunished for such hearts.
Father, forgive us. And give us hearts and minds of compassion.