The NFL football season has officially come to an end. Our "Cheese Head" friends to the North are reveling in their prestigious victory and restoring honor to the "Green and Yellow." On the other hand, the rest of the teams are brainstorming about what they can do differently next year. The "offseason" is always a critical time for professional organizations, but one component is often considered; the hiring and firing of coaches. Rocky Seto, assistant coach for the Seattle Seahawks, has always been a "behind the scenes" coach. However, a few weeks ago, he had secret conversations with UCLA about becoming their new Defensive Coordinator. A promotion from an assistant coach to a Defensive Coordinator is certainly climbing the ladder, and Seto must have been very confident about the direction of the meetings, because he couldn't contain his excitement. The next day, he texted reporters and told all of his friends and family that he was the NEW UCLA DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, even though UCLA hadn't reached a formal decision!
As Seto was watching congratulations pour in on his Facebook page and living the "coaches" dream, he received a heartbreaking phone call from UCLA. Since Seto had broken confidentiality and rampantly spread a rumor that wasn't even true, UCLA decided to "pursue other options." In just a matter of minutes, Seto was demoted from a proclaimed Defensive Coordinator to a Disgusted Assistant Coach. Seto was "Vetoed!"
When I listen to the conversations of Christians, it concerns me how many things we discuss that we don't even know for sure! What "stories" do we feel like we have to tell? At the dinner tables and at the coffee shops, what "dirt" do we thrown on "good names" just for entertainment? Solomon, the wisest King to ever live, understood the danger of these conversations that God calls "Gossip." Solomon illustrated the power of gossip when he said, "The words of a gossip are like chocie morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts." (Proverbs 18:8) But Solomon also reminded us about the pain gossip causes when he uttered "...a gossip separates close friends." (Proverbs 16:28)
Take a lesson from Seto! Don't pull the tongue's trigger without a testament of the truth! Because if gossip controls your chatter, Seto won't be the only one who's "Vetoed!"