Sunday, June 9, 2019

Poison in the Coffee Pot

In 2003, sixteen members of a Lutheran Church in Maine became violently ill after a church service. One member died. Doctors initially thought it was food poisoning, but tests revealed all the victims had large doses of arsenic in their blood. Investigators determined someone had put arsenic in the church’s coffee urn. Soon afterward, a church member committed suicide and left behind a note suggesting he was behind the poisoning. Police believe another person in the church may have been an accomplice.

There’s another kind of poison that’s killing off church members, often drunk with coffee cup in hand. It’s the arsenic of gossip. All the enemy needs is for a cooperating individual to add poison to the pot by starting a rumor. An undiscerning person quickly pours a cup of gossip and passes it along to others. Part of the information is left out, while wrong details are often added. As it spreads, it becomes even more inaccurate. 

God not only tells us to not gossip, but to not even associate with a gossiper. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip” (Prov. 20:19). Gossip not only ruins a person’s reputation, but it also infuriates God. Three of the things He hates are involved in gossip. “There are six things which the Lord hates . . . a lying tongue . . . a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Prov. 6:16-19).

Don’t drink coffee with a gossiper, or you’ll be sipping arsenic before you know it. And you might be the next victim.

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