A rumor is a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to fact.
There are many people who take decisions based on a rumor.
You can marry, vote or invest based on hearsay propaganda adverts or what people are saying. You may not like someone based on a rumor. You can even conclude a bad business is good based on it. You may assume someone is good when the person is bad.
Decisions based on rumors are flawed. What is the biblical response to a rumor?
“And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: ….At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.”
Moses gave clear instructions on how to handle a rumor of idolatry against a person. Let’s examine it and glean some principles.
1. Don’t draw hasty conclusions, “enquire” or investigate the rumor.
2. Ask for the hardcore facts, not hearsay “the thing is certain”. Statistics data and figures come in here.
3. Crosscheck your information from appropriate sources “witnesses”
4. Now you are ready to make a good decision.