According to the Urban Dictionary, “Zombie Vomit” means “something ultra-disgusting and sickening beyond all else. Dark, dank, putrid and just grosser than gross. Consider the contents of the stomach of a brain eating zombie and then imagine them being thrown up.”1
Metaphorically speaking, I’ve been the recipient of projectile Zombie Vomit a time or two in my life. I’ve had the not-too-pleasurable experience of having someone throw up the vile contents of their dark heart all over my soul. Worse yet, I’ve had Zombie Vomit come out of my mouth many times as well. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (KJV). The Greek word for “corrupt” is “sapros;” which means “rotten and putrefied.” That sounds a lot like “Zombie Vomit” to me!
Our words are powerful. They produce life or death. The Bible states in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (NKJV). In anger I’ve hurled nasty words at others that left their soul dripping with the regurgitated contents and stench of what was lurking inside me. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34b-35, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (NKJV). What is deep down inside us has a way of erupting out of our mouths. Destructive criticism, cutting sarcasm, negative comments, rude remarks, judgmental statements, mockery, ridicule, vicious name calling, scathing scorn, put downs, sharp remarks, character assassination, and just plain mean words are brutally destructive to the recipient. Have you ever been on the receiving end of unkind words? Did you feel like you deserved it? I’m sure you didn’t. So why do we think the person we throw our poison “word darts” at deserves the tongue-lashing we so generously bestow upon them? They don’t.
I love the words to Toby Mac’s song Speak Life. “Though it’s crazy, amazing we can turn a heart with the words we say. Mountains crumble with every syllable. Hope can live or die. So speak Life, speak Life. To the deadest darkest night. Speak life, speak Life. When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why. Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted; Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope, you speak love, you speak life. Well it’s crazy to imagine, words from our lips as the arms of compassion. Mountains crumble with every syllable. Hope can live or die. Lift your head a little higher, Spread the love like fire. Hope will fall like rain, when you speak life with the words you say. Raise your thoughts a little higher, Use your words to inspire. Joy will fall like rain, when you speak life with the things you say.”
Speaking words of life are just the opposite of Zombie Vomit. Words that are kind, gentle, understanding, loving, compassionate, respectful, honoring, polite, and encouraging are life-giving. Proverbs 15:23 says, “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is” (NKJV). A kind word of encouragement, a sincere compliment, and a caring comment has the power to resurrect a downcast soul. Life giving words also come from what’s already inside a person’s heart. What we feed upon and store in our heart is what will come out of our mouth and bring life or death to the recipient. We need to feed upon positive things and not on things like anger, hatred and violence. Jesus said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Mt 15:18 NKJV). Like the psalmist, let our prayer be, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14 NKJV). Hawk Nelson also has a wonderful song that addresses the topic of speaking life called Words. The chorus declares, “Words can build you up. Words can break you down. Start a fire in your heart or put it out. Let my words be life. Let my words be truth. I don’t wanna say a word unless it points the world back to You.” That’s good stuff! No more Zombie Vomit. Let’s speak life to one another instead. 1“Urban Dictionary.” Â©1999-2014 Urban DictionaryÂ®. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.<http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=zombie+vomit>.