Be Careful What You Say

Posted: February 1, 2012 by Ricky Keeler in NFL

(Photo Credit: Mark Humphrey/AP)

With the New York Giants and New England Patriots getting ready to kick off Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, the media hype surrounding this week is starting to take full circle. Today, one of the events that took place was anticipated as one of the best places to get an interview. Yes, I am talking about Media Day!

I love Media Day because it is a great opportunity to hear from EVERY single player. Not only do you hear from Tom Brady, Eli Manning, or the big name players, but even the offensive lines, the kickers, and the punters get some love in this game. We always wait for the most hilarious comments and most random questions. For example, did somebody expect the reporter from the Mexican Television network to propose to Tom Brady in a wedding dress at the last Patriots-Giants Super Bowl? Probably not!

Even though it is only Tuesday, words from players and coaches are already being dissected. I am a Patriots’ writer and I live in the New York City area, so I had to hear constantly about the comments that Brady gave during New England’s pep rally talking about hopefully we will have more people at our victory rally next week. Each word is criticized to the point where it is tough to say any comment without providing “bulletin board material” for the other team.

As Christians, we need to avoid saying “bulletin board material” so that people can see that we bring glory to God in everything that we say and do. When we talk to someone about the Gospel, our tongues can be used for good, but as James suggests in his book, it can be used for evil as well.

“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.” (James 3:8-10)

Sometimes, we may want to say things that are not godly because we become overfilled with emotion. As a sports fan, when your team goes through a tough moment you may say things that you might regret. .  Let us rather heed the exhortation of Ephesians 4:29, which says:

“ Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

People will know we our Christians by seeing us share the love of Christ with others and big part of that display is by the way we speak. We need to remember it is just a game regardless of the hype and to remain humble in victory or defeat!

Speaking of humbleness, one of the players in the NFL who has been tested in that aspect this year is Patriots’ wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Ocho was a guy who was never afraid to speak his mind with the Bengals and use his mouth for trash talking. Now, he is an afterthought with the Patriots with just fifteen catches. I was watching his interview with Deion Sanders and these quotes Ocho gave him to NFL Network stood out to me:

“If it was tough on me, emotionally draining, I think I would have spoke out as I did in the past. I took this as a challenge, as a lesson. I think it was a test from you-know-who upstairs. Will he be able to handle himself the right way in different circumstances when he’s not that guy, the main focal point? I think I did extremely well regardless of what everyone might say.”

From a Christian perspective, our tongues are extremely important. People will know we our Christians by seeing us share the love of Christ with others. Today, I exhort you to pray and pray diligently that the Holy Spirit give you the strength to use your voice and your tongue to glorify God! Chad talked about using Twitter as his podium in the interview. When we talk to others about the Lord, we are at the podium as a representative of the Body of Jesus Christ. Share the love with others while at the podium and speak the true Gospel message!

 

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