Sometime back I came across an article that declared it had the answers to “the biggest problems” in Christian churches. It defined those problems as uncertainty, identity, passivity, and apathy. Out of curiosity I did a google search to see what other folks thought might be the biggest problems in the Christian church today. The list went on and on – moral erosion, liturgical tensions, declining membership, biblical illiteracy, church-hopping, Christian-Moslem tensions… — but with very few answers being suggested.
Then I came across the story of one church that had a real problem with gossip – and it told how that problem was fixed.
It seems that Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church’s morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup truck parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon.
She emphatically told Frank (and everyone else that she could think of) that “everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.” Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned, and walked away.
He didn’t explain, defend, or deny… He said nothing.
Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup truck in front of Mildred’s house… walked home… and left it there …all night!!!
Pretty soon the gossip in that church stopped. You gotta love Frank!
Makes you want to think twice about what you have to say, doesn’t it!