One of my “Star Persons” and spiritual mentors once wrote me, “Thanks, Hal, for keeping the rumor alive.” What rumor? And what is a rumor? When used as a noun it means a “currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth.” (The synonyms for “rumor” include words like, “gossip, speculation, and hearsay). When the word “rumor” is used as a verb it implies the circulation of an unverified account as in “It is rumored that he recently moved to another state.” There are certainly a lot of rumors being spread around these days—statements and stories of uncertain truth, rumors of unverified happenings and circumstances.
What was the rumor my friend wanted me to keep alive? It was and is, the rumor that in this broken and ailing world, there is at the heart of it all, a God, who, while indefinable, has been made more clearly known by a person who lived over two thousand years ago and who some claim, lives still! Rumor has it that if we want to know what God is like, we can look at this man, Jesus, and get some really good clues. That’s the rumor faintly heard these days, but it is the rumor that I mean to keep alive.
Since we in our day are so gullible as to believe almost anything spoken or written by anybody, I see no good reason not to continue to keep this particular rumor alive. Here I am doing so on social media where all kinds of rumors abound. Why not spread this one around too?