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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