Mark 2: 16-17
16 When the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his talmidim, “Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?” 17 But, hearing the question, Yeshua answered them, “The ones who need a doctor aren’t the healthy but the sick. I didn’t come to call the ‘righteous’ but sinners!”
I have been that guy who have been asked questions about other people and I have been that guy gossiped about. These “leaders had lost their focus and were trying to discredit Yesshua to maintain their own religious power base. Gossip if not stopped immediately as Yeshua did will destroy a body of believers. Lord let me be strong enough and wise enough to not fall into the trap of gossip. Amen.