He didn’t say, Innuendo, surmise, allegation, might have, could have, maybe—these words define much of the “news” being excitedly reported in the national news. One must ask, “Is the purpose of such reporting an effort to destroy the credibility and reputation of our leaders? To speak this way of one’s neighbor in court or otherwise must not be tolerated. It is a violation of the intent of the commandment, “You shall not give false testimony!” “Free speech” is not license to destroy the reputation of our leaders or our next door neighbor, even when that speech is only innuendo.
The positive side of this commandment is “Defend your neighbor, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.” “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” (Prov. 22:1). How the Christian speaks of another reflects on his own name and the name of Christ. “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19). The purpose and prayer of Peace Lutheran Church is to “Hallow God’s name” as stated in the Lord’s Prayer. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.