Sometimes we whisper so that we don’t disturb someone who is sleeping. Sometimes we whisper about a surprise birthday party to keep it a secret. But, other times we whisper so that a person doesn’t know that we are saying something about her, that we don’t want her to know that we are saying, to someone with whom we should not be saying it. Is that a big deal?
The Bible says that “a whisperer separates the best of friends” (Prov. 16:28). In catalogs of various sins, Paul lists “whisperers” (Rom. 1:29) and “whispering” (2 Cor. 12:20). The Biblical emphasis is not on the volume of that which is being spoken but on the content and the communicators that are involved. Other translations use the word “gossip” or “gossips” instead, emphasizing the nature of the conversation is not one in which a Christian should be engaged.
Do you find yourself “talking about others” when they are not around and “saying things” that you “ought not” (1 Tim. 5:13) in a hush-hush tone? God views such as sin! Do we?