“Hey girl, you betta put down that cheeseburger!”
“Even God doesn’t think your singing is a joyful noise. You can’t sing!”
“Ain’t no one gonna give you a job with a haircut like that!”
Call me a gringa, but statements like these get under my skin. We can call it cultural, call it joking, or call it being silly. What we cannot call it is biblical.
Ephesians 5:4 says “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” All throughout the Proverbs, known as the book of wisdom, we are instructed to watch our tongues. Proverbs 15 says “the tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly” and “a gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit”. And if you really want a slap to the face, there’s James 1:26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
Our words have the power of life and death. God calls us to “encourage one another and build one another up” in 1 Thessalonians. As followers of Jesus Christ, let’s build one another up today.