Speaking Justly (1/23)

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand (Mark 3:24).

Envy is an especially ugly sin.

Every person has right to their good name so long as they have not acted unworthily in a public and notorious manner and relinquished it. The most frequent cause of defamation, detraction and slander is envy.

Silence can propagate slander.  In other instances, commenting on unsubstantiated rumors is a real injustice against the good name of another. When defamation spreads through social media outlets, its diffusion vastly increases. Hence the gravity of envy.

Not only to individuals have a right to their good name, but so do groups of peoples and institutions.

  • How do we speak about others?
  • Do we speak about others differently when they are not present?
  • When we do speak critically, what motivates our words?

My parents fiercely sought to root out envy and I hear their instruction anew: if you cannot say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.