I felt my cheeks turn red because I knew that I’d been caught in the act.
The rumour around here a while ago was that Janet, our florist, was selling marijuana ( pot, or weed) at her store.
So I went to talk to Janet about this.
I blushed when she said : ‘I see you’ve been listening to gossip, Sally’.
The Bible makes it clear that spreading gossip is a sin, but listening to gossip is equally harmful.
This sin takes two, the gossiper, and the hearer.
The rumour had seemed plausible, since sales and use of marijuana have been legal in Canada since October, 2018.
Janet explained that her store was for sale, and a marijuana producer had wanted to buy it, but the deal had fallen through, so the dealer was looking for another building.
She explained that many people had been asking her the same question I had !
It is difficult sometimes, to discipline ourselves not to listen to gossip. It’s part of our fallen nature, I suppose , to want to know what’s going on.
Last week we noticed that a beautiful historic building had been renovated across from our local Coffee Shop, so we asked Irene, the owner, what business was moving in there.
She confidently said : ‘The Village Pot Shop’.
Within only a few decades, marijuana selling and use has gone from a criminal offence to a legitimate occurrence. We are being asked to accept constantly changing standards of what is considered right or wrong.
The old fishing families of centuries ago would be shocked, I’m sure, with the changes in the village.
They might think that the rainbow benches we have on the main street look very colourful, without knowing what they represent.
However, we will not judge, for that is not our job.
We will observe, and know that all judgment will eventually come from God.
In the meantime, He asks us to avoid gossip.