“Believe NONE of what you HEAR and half of what you see.” The older I get, the fewer I trust. Regardless of the credentials of the source (any source), I will carefully check the info—especially if it has the potential of skewing my view. Who would vote against a candidate solely on the statements of his opposition? Not me.
Sadly, some people go along unquestioningly with an opinion, just like lemmings—critters that instinctively remain in their group, even to the point of drowning.
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body.
Waxy ears forget that humans are fallible; they foolishly ignore the old adage and believe what they hear—especially if others are already aboard the train. But slander can destroy relationships, job opportunities, even families.
Proverbs 16:28b a whisperer separates the best of friends.
Think about the times you have been having a conversation. If the name comes up of someone not present (out of your mouth or another’s), on how many of those occasions is it on a positive note?
Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
Often, we have bitterness in our hearts toward somebody—so their name is on the table—with a third party whose business it is not.
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
That’s why God gives stern warnings to anyone spreading rumors:
Psalm 101:5a Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy
Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
So I’m sticking with the wise adage. Believing hearsay can hurt a lot of people. I’ll be like Dana Carvey’s George Bush: “Not Gonna Do It…Wouldn’t Be Prudent At This Juncture.”