SHOULD TRASH TALKING BE BANNED FROM HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS?

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I was listening to the Yolanda Adams Morning Show on the radio last week, and the question was posed to her listeners, “Should trash talking be banned from high school football?”  This poll was taken because the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association announced that high school athletes that “talk trash” or taunt their peers on the football field could be penalized for violating the state’s anti-bullying laws.

When I first heard everyone who called in that morning saying that talking trash should not be banned, I couldn’t understand. The Bible does say in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” I asked my self, “Isn’t trash talking corrupt communication? Is that type of talk edifying?”

Then I thought about David when he faced Goliath in I Samuel 17. He told Goliath,

“Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wind beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. I am going to cut off your head and feed it to the birds”

If that’s not talking trash, I don’t know what is. The difference is that David was telling Goliath what he and God as a team were going to do. The Word says to call those things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17).  Mark 11:23 says, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Therefore, if prophesying to your future is “talking trash,” then by all means, talk trash. You need to make sure that you are telling the devil what you believe will happen based on the Word of God. After all, Job 22:28 says, “Thou shalt decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.”

So if talking trash means you tell the other team that you are going to beat the pants off of them, yeah, talk trash. In my book, that’s called “prophesying.” But if that means trying to tear the other team’s self-esteem and self-worth down by calling them names, telling them that they are no good, “blankety-blanks,” and using racial slurs, etc., I can’t subscribe to that at all. As my mother use to say, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Good sportsmanship is always the order of the day.

What do you think? Should trash talking be banned from high school sports? Leave a comment below.

 

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GOD CAN MOVE IN NEW WAYS YOU HAVE NOT SEEN – ONLY BELIEVE!

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Do you find it hard to believe God when you encounter a new situation? It’s easy to believe God when you have been through something, and then the same situation comes up again. But what about when you are facing something that you have never faced before? It’s sometimes harder to muster up faith for something of that nature.

I just finished reading Jennifer’s LeClaire’s book, Doubtless: Faith that Overcomes the World. It was really a blessing to me. She talks about the difficulty of believing God in the face of circumstances we have not experienced. She highlighted God’s ability to move in power, even if it’s in a way we have not seen before. That thought was eye-opening for me.

Abraham and Sarah’s “New” Situation

I considered Abraham for example. He and Sarah were so old that it was very unlikely that they would ever have a baby based on the circumstances that were present at the time. Yet, he believed God anyway. In Hebrews, he kept hope alive even though he had absolutely no reason to do so. It had never been documented that God gave a couple a baby under extremely adverse circumstances. To our knowledge, that was the first time that had ever happened. If he wanted to see Isaac, Abraham had to believe God even though he had never experienced God’s power in that way before, nor had he heard about anyone else getting their breakthrough in that area. At least Hannah in I Samuel could look to Abraham and Sarah’s situation to fuel her faith. Isaac and Rebecca could do the same. But the elderly couple had nothing on which to hang their faith. They simply had to believe. Because of the patriarch’s great faith, he received the promise of his son, Isaac, and he ended up being mentioned in the “Faith Hall of Fame” in Chapter 11 of Hebrews.

God Can Move in New Ways

In the same way, just because we have never seen God move in a certain way in our lives, doesn’t mean He is unable to intervene on our behalf. Do you believe in His omnipotence? If the answer is yes, then you must believe He has the ability to move in ways you have never seen. Your lack of experience in no way limits His power. Either God is omnipotent, or He’s not. Therefore it is not necessary for you to have to see Him perform an act previously.  If you have to see something before you will believe it, then it’s no longer faith anyway.

God’s Power Can and Will Get the Job Done

Ephesians 3:20 relays, “[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.” That pretty much covers it all. It doesn’t matter if we have been through a particular circumstance or not. His power is limitless, and that means it’s sufficient to handle any situation that arises in our lives. Period. So the next time a brand new problem arises, one that you have not seen previously, make a quality decision and believe that God is indeed powerful enough to help you overcome it. There is no need to doubt that anymore. Just because you have not seen Him operate in what, for you, seems like uncharted waters, doesn’t mean that He won’t come through for you. Only believe.

Have you seen God move in an area that is brand new for you? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.                             

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LET THE LORD FIGHT MY BATTLES? REALLY?

 

 

The Lord Will Fight For You

A friend of mine (I’ll call her Sue) told me about a situation on her job where someone went to her boss and lied on her. The boss knew the person was negative, critical, and unkind by personal experience with the complainer. Sue was told by her supervisor not to worry about it after she explained her side of the story. However, she was so mad that the individual had tried to destroy her reputation, she was determined to go in the next day and give the person a piece of her mind. The Holy Spirit constrained her and told her to say nothing when she went back into the office. She was prepared to hold her tongue and treat the person with kindness, as if nothing happened.

Lo and behold, when Sue went into the work place, everyone in the office had heard about the incident, and they verbally jumped on the complainer. They berated the criticizer terribly for the wrong that was committed, defended Sue vehemently, and demanded that she be left alone. When I heard the story, I rejoiced with her that God had defended her honor. When she encountered the person the next time, it was a whole different ball game. The complainer treated her with kindness and respect. God had intervened, and it was quite evident.

Holding Your Peace Requires Trusting God

I said to Sue, “That is a perfect example of how, if we hold our peace, the Lord will fight our battles.” She agreed. I must admit, personally, I have a problem with that concept. I am the type of person that has to get in there and defend myself. I, myself, will confront you. Leave it to God? Really? But the irony of it is this:  if I am going to fight my own battles, God is not going to fight them for me. The only way that I will be able to tell if God will, indeed, fight my battles is to lay my weapons down, rest in the Lord, and watch and see what happens.

OK. I must admit, I have not been willing to do that. I guess if I am honest, I have let the devil lie to me and tell me, “God is not going to do anything. You need to take care of business yourself.” Has anyone else out there fallen prey to that lie of the enemy? Is it just me?

Test God, and See What He Will Do

God says in Isaiah 61:8, “For I, the Lord, love justice.” In 2 Chronicles, the prophet said, “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” Therefore, I think it would behoove all of us to try the experiment of holding our peace and letting the Lord fight our battles. I know it’s difficult. I don’t want to even think about it, but I believe the Holy Spirit is challenging me. If you are reading this, it’s for a reason. It’s not by chance. He is challenging you, too. So let’s try something new. The next time we are wronged and want to defend ourselves, and the Lord tells us to hold our peace, let’s try letting Him handle it. Let’s do what the Bible says in Matthew 5:44: love, bless, pray for and do good to our enemies. Let’s allow God to do His thing. We will never know until we try, right?

What do you think about this challenge? If you have tried this already, what was the outcome? Leave a comment below. If we share experiences, we can grow together and build up each others’ faith.

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