Trash Talk

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Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth;

1 Samuel 2:3, RSV

Muhammad Ali was arguably the greatest trash talker of all time.  Ali could out-talk the best talkers in the room. In his heyday, he backed up what he said in the ring. Unfortunately, it is a shame that he now suffers from Parkinson’s Disease; his current condition juxtaposed against years of dishing out and taking in physical abuse is a sobering, cautionary tale. 

Trash talking is a part of the game. Oft-times players brag about what they are going to do on the court and on field, yet, only 50% of all trash talkers can deliver; only one team can win game, and the trash talk war.

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So many of us talk a good game, and yet we don’t back up what we say.  We say one thing, and do another. In my book, that’s trash talk. We promise but we don’t deliver. That’s trash talk.  Indeed we over promise and under deliver.  That’s trash talk.  We purport and “front” and sell wolf-tickets, yet when it’s time to cash them in, we come up short. We talk loudly and proudly before the game, yet slink silently and pitifully on the sideline; after boasting and brandishing we live unseen and unheard lives and are unable to back up what we say.

David and the giant Goliath engaged in what we would call trash talk.  “The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.’”

But David was unphazed.  He did not talk trash; he spoke by faith. “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give you into our hand.”  1 Sam 17:43-47, RSV

Many doubt our faith and our Lord. They are trash talking us.  They are wolfing us down. What is our response to this doubting, degenerate world? Like Goliath they look down on us and decry us and our God. Can we back up everything we say?  Can we do everything we promise? As Christians, can we perform?

No worries. As long as we speak the Word of God, we have no fear of trash talkers. And our Champion and King can back up what he says. He will do just what He says! Contrary to Ali, Jesus Christ the righteous is truly the greatest. What He promises He is able also to perform. So let’s follow our Lord’s example.  Let’s say we’re going to do the right thing, and then let’s DO the right thing. No more saying one thing and doing another.   No more reneging on our word. No more trash talk.

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