You should always be a team player, not a competitor. There is no reason to snuff somebody else’s light out so that yours can shine. William Faulkner said “never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.”

It is rare to find a political candidate these days who runs a totally clean campaign. But slandering isn’t limited to politicians. Given the right set of circumstances, each one of us can be tempted to denigrate the other. Barbara De Angelis said “living with integrity means; not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

However, before you slander someone, read carefully the words of a Psalmist who wrote “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman.” These words written in biblical times are still true today. Always restrain from slandering others because you are better than that.

Can you recall the last time you spoke words that tore someone down? What was your motive? Why did you feel a need to diminish them in the eyes of other people? Were you speaking out of the pain of having been hurt by them? Did you envy their accomplishments? If so, have you not learned to let envy motivate you to achieve your own goals instead of making you defame another? Is it possible you grudgingly admire and desire something the other person has?

God has already declared that no one can thwart His purpose for your life. And if you believe in your heart that He has already secured your destiny and promised to avenge all wrongs perpetrated against you, you never need to engage in slander. So never engage in slander against anyone. Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

 

By Chaplain Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net