In the village of Africa, it doesn’t take time for word to spread. In a very short time everyone knows about a funeral and comes to mourn. That is a plus side of the village grape vine. The negative side is that in a couple days, everyone knows that someone had an affair, or is expecting, or has AIDS, or had a fight with their wife, etc…
In the church, we must handle discipline situations. There are times when someone sins and they must be disciplined. The pastor and elders usually deal with such things and very little is done publicly. But too often the congregation wants to gossip. We love to talk about fellow siblings who have fallen into sin.
Too often, when the issue has been dealt with and finished by the elders, the gossip keeps it fresh. Shame on us for not letting things drop. For not trusting the elders to handle the situations. We are all nosey little busy-bodies. We want to know more, we want to be informed of every little detail.
Rather than letting a situation work itself out and healing take place, we keep digging into the wound over and over again.