The NFL and Foul Language

Recently, former Superbowl coach Tony Dungy criticized NY Jets coach for using the F-bomb every 15 seconds in his efforts to coach his team.  This has set up a storm of controversy with some saying this is how alpha males talk and Tony shouldn’t be so judgmental.  On the other side there are those who say cleaning up language would bring some respect and honor to the game.  Personally, I like the ideas of respect and honor.  I don’t see a need to put people down and then lift them up.  I don’t see how you are an alpha male by cussing either.  If such language was used by preschoolers would we excuse it by saying, “It’s alright, he’s going to be an alpha male.”   Please.  People cuss because it gives them a false sense of empowerment, simple as that.  (By the way, everyone talks about how great a coach Rex is.  Really?  After one or two years of coaching?  I mean he has coached a lot to get the NFL job, but I think all the fanfare is a little early.  The jury is still out!  Ya gotta love the NY media.)

Obviously Rex Ryan isn’t too concerned with following the Bible’s guidelines when it comes to language (and could care less about what I think too), but what does the Bible say about cussing?   You might be surprised. 

First of all, the Bible doesn’t list any cuss words save one, the name of God.  The Bible says we should not use the name of God in vain.  So such accepted expressions like, “Oh, my God!” are not acceptable (unless of course, you are standing in front of Jesus and it’s a saying of awe and wonder).

The Bible though has many thoughts on the use of language.  Here are a few verses for you to consider:

James 3:2-10: “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”

Ephesiasn 4:29-30, “Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good or helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.”


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