Watch That Body Language - 09/28/2014

Sermon Text:  1 Corinthians 12:12-31

   Have you ever noticed that communication is a difficult business? In the book America’s Dumbest Criminals … there’s a story about a blundering, wannabe robber with speech difficulties in Thibodaux, Louisiana, who just couldn’t win for losing. Sam Lincoln entered Bob’s Cafe and, speaking in his thick, backwoods Cajun accent, ordered the waitress to “give me all the money.” Unfortunately, she couldn’t understand a word he said. To her it sounded like he was ordering “a sieve with all the honey.”
   In desperation, Sam turned to a patron and told him to hand over all his money. The diner could have sworn that Sam said to “live a big pile of bunny.” When the patron couldn’t understand him either, Sam got so frustrated that he pulled out his gun and pulled the trigger. Click. The gun wouldn’t fire. Now thoroughly frustrated, Sam grabbed the cash register and began to run. But he didn’t get very far … only about three feet. The register was still firmly plugged into the wall, and he quickly ran out of cord. The register was jerked out of Sam’s hands, and he fell. Humiliated and frustrated, he ran out of Bob’s Cafe empty-handed. Waitresses and patrons breathed a sign of relief. Someone hefted the register back up to its place on the counter. But five minutes later, Sam was back. This time, he made sure he unplugged the register before making off with it. Sam was ecstatic for about three feet … and then a bystander knocked Sam down and made a citizen’s arrest.
   Communication is difficult … especially if you come from the backwoods of Louisiana. But even under the best of circumstances it is problematic. How many times have you heard the phrase, “What we have here is a failure to communicate”? That quotation is from the 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke … a quotation used by many.
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