When I was a kid, we played this game called “the telephone game.” Many of you probably remember playing this in school.
You relay a message from one person to another. Then the last one in the line had to announce what the original message was.
There was only one problem…. The intent of the original message got lost. So, what was left was an inaccurate statement.
This game illustrates how quickly a simple message can be altered when passed from person to person.
I myself have been the victim of this game. This was a very difficult season for me because no matter what I did to prove that I wasn’t the person people perceived me to be, the “distorted message” had already been put out there.
How many of us have been in a situation where others believed the lie instead of asking for the truth?
Did you know that even Jesus faced this in His time?
Mark 14:56-58 says: Many people told lies against Jesus, but they did not agree on what they said. 57 Finally, some men stood up and lied about him. They said, 58 “We heard him say he would tear down this temple that we built. He also claimed that in three days he would build another one without any help.”
In other words, they couldn’t agree on the lies they were telling because lies that are built upon lies, will never hold up in the presence of truth.
The telephone game has become one of the greatest tools that the enemy uses to cause division in our families, marriages, friendships and churches.
Whether you were the one who heard the distorted message, the one who passed the distorted message or the one the distorted message was about, it’s time to break the patterns of the telephone game in the church!
Our job is to build up, not tear down.
John 13:35 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
~Broken Beautiful Ministries
Chrissie Moore is a mother and grandmother from Keller Texas. She is a survivor of mental, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. She has a passion to help other women who are seeking freedom.