Richard Sherman is a loudmouth football player. He’s also arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, and it’s an easy argument to make. Last night, he made the game-clinching play to send the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl. In case you missed his ridiculous rant, check it out below (30 seconds)
I wish I could say Sherman’s reaction is totally different from mine when I win the occasional game of jungle pong…but it’s not. Yet as great of a jungle pong player as I am and as great of a football player as he is, Richard Sherman needs to shut up. You might need to as well. I know I do at times.
Some Initial Thoughts:
- A criticism of Richard Sherman based on race has zero merit. Just don’t go there. The Internet is ablaze with them already. Sherman isn’t a “thug from tha streets.” He was salutatorian of his high school and graduated from Stanford. Reality check: He’s probably smarter than you and is definitely smarter than me. – What Does a White Man Know About Racism? Nothing.
- Sherman’s free to make whatever comments he wants – Erin Andrews asked a question without asking a question and Fox decided to put a microphone in his face seconds after he made the play of his career. Was his behavior the wisest choice? Of course not, but we’ve elevated football players to god-like status so unfortunately, he can do whatever he wants.
- Don’t expect non-Christians to act like Christians should act. – I have no idea if Richard Sherman follows Jesus. If he does, my interpretation of his actions is more severe. If he’s not, then why are we surprised?
Silence is Golden
Every week I get to sit in meetings with some of my favorite people. My favorite meeting of the week is preaching meeting, Tuesdays at 9 AM. Our preaching team (9 of us) get together and talk through the next week’s sermon.
Picture 9 preachers trying to preach over each other…for an hour.
After my first preaching meeting almost a year ago, one of my friends on staff asked me what I thought. “It’s awful,” I responded, to my friend’s surprise. “Nobody ever stops talking and they’re all terrible listeners.”
What I couldn’t understand was that this is simply what happens when you get 9 people together who are passionate about leading people and preaching. Now I love noticing the people who don’t speak as much…who sit back and listen. Sometimes it’s wiser to listen to the ideas around us before speaking. Richard Sherman needed to listen more and talk less. At least scream less.
While Jesus loves loudmouth people (which is really good news for me), that’s not exactly how God tells us to live life.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, Paul and his friends write that the Christian should “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
The guy I interned for in college had these verses taped to his computer. Even though I’ve never talked about them with him, I’ve seen him live them out daily in the 6 years I’ve known him. Wise people follow wise words, God’s words.
Just stop talking…and listen.