I Corinthians 1:26-31
January 30, 2011

Have you ever noticed that some bright people can say really dumb things? My favorite example is singer Mariah Carey. It was from her lips that we heard these sensitive words:   “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry.   I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” Some bright people can say dumb things.
When the American baseball player Bill Gullickson signed a phenomenal contract to play baseball in Japan, he was asked what daily life was like in Japan. He replied that the language was the most difficult and different feature. “It’s crazy,” he said. “The only American words I saw were Sony and Mitsubishi.” (1)
Well, I guess those are American words.
There is no limit to the foolish things people do and say--particularly our legislators.
A few years back a man named Robert W. Pelton did some research on laws that have been passed with regard to behavior in churches. Some of them are quite interesting.
For example, young girls are never allowed to walk a tightrope in Wheeler, Mississippi, unless it’s in a church. I’m sure there’s a good reason why this law was put on the books. I simply can’t imagine what it could be.
In Blackwater, Kentucky, tickling a woman under her chin with a feather duster while she’s in church service carries a penalty of $10.00 and one day in jail.
In Honey Creek, Iowa, no one is permitted to carry a slingshot to church except police. (Obviously the NRA has not heard about Honey Creek or they would be carrying assault rifles.)
No citizen in Leecreek, Arkansas, is allowed to attend church in any red-colored garment.
Swinging a yo-yo in church or anywhere in public on the Sabbath is prohibited in Studley, Virginia.
And, finally, turtle races are not permitted within 100 yards of a local church at any time in Slaughter, Louisiana. (2)
There is a lot of...