This post is a couple of years old, but the content is timeless. Everyone from Crew needs to read this excellent post by Ray Ortlund on gossip. He says,
Adultery too is a serious sin, and one likely to be disciplined in a church. But I have never seen a church split over the sin of adultery. Gossip is a sin rarely disciplined but often more socially destructive than the sensational sins.
His solution to avoiding being a participant in this sin when a conversation steers toward gossip?
What should we do when a conversation starts slipping into gossip? We should immediately challenge the sin: “Hey friend, sorry to interrupt, but this is gossip. So here’s the deal. This conversation is now on hold until you go get _____________, and then you can start over and say whatever you feel you must say right to his face. I am willing to be a witness to that conversation, but I will not participate in gossip. What do you choose to do?”
Take a few moments to review this article. May God grant us the grace to escape the destructive force of this sometimes “sanctified” sin!