I don’t like to appear to be in the dark about anything. Instead, I strive for the critical acclaim of an expert. I want what I have to say about any issue or topic of controvercy to be well-received and appreciated. I want to be in the know and known as such more than I want to know something in the barest sense of the verb.
I know this to he true because I am not content to merely know, but to share what I know. The publicity I crave would not be so much for the information that I would share, but for me. The conversational pieces and the interest they might stir up only serve a desirable purpose if they turn attention back to me in a significant way.
This is why God hates gossip! Not primarily because it hurts people — though it does — but because it does nothing to point any of us involved back to God. How can selfishly crafted share-sessions and misleading inuendoes direct anyone to a God of truth? And how can we who know Him stand more closely to Him when we will not insist on building ourselves up in the truth alone?
So perhaps when we don’t understand something about a situation or a person it is not so important to find out that matter as it is to handle our lack of knowledge in a sound way.
When I try to decide the major motivations and markers of other people’s lives I tend to manipulate the facts I do have for the sake of a proposition I want to support. I need a heady proposition — perhaps even a controversial and sensational one — to help me look like I know more than the average person in detecting patterns and personal positions. But the problem here is that if I elect to boost myself in the eyes of others I know that I shall end this campaign in ruin. Having already chosen a goal that can never be found in God’s priorities for me, I can certainly not hope that I will seek to attain it in any ways that are less than corrupt in motivation.
I will chose rather to set the stage for a fictionalized intimacy with other people (based on unprincipled insider knowledge of my gossip victim) than to insist on keeping my eyes on one key relationship: the one that forever exists between me and God through Christ.
This one cannot be maintained by any other means then genuine representations of self, honesty between parties and vulnerability to Truth. And since God is involved in everything that I do, I must answer to Him for the genuinessness of character, representation of honesty and commitment to Truth that I espouse in every other relationship. Whatever involves my heart will in some way invoke His Lordship.