Clif's Notes: Dont Speak to the Parrot

Don’t Speak to the Parrot

By Clifton Fox, Church of Christ


A lady’s dishwasher quit working, so she called a repairman. He didn’t do repairs at night, and she worked a job during the daytime. So, she told him: "I'll leave the key under the mat. You just go on in and fix the dishwasher. Then, leave the bill on the counter, and I'll mail you the Check. Also, don't worry about my Rottweiler. He won't bother you. But, whatever you do, absolutely do not, under any circumstances, talk to my parrot."

The next day, when the repairman arrived at the apartment, he discovered the biggest and meanest looking Rottweiler he’d ever seen. And, just like she said, the dog laid quietly on the rug, watching the repairman doing his repair work. However, the whole time he was there the parrot drove him nuts with constant cursing, yelling, and name-calling. Finally, the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled: “Why don’t you shut up! You stupid, ugly bird!” To which the parrot replied: "Sick Him, Brutus!"

Instructions are often given for our own good or even for our protection. I recently heard that a warning sign used to be posted on the shore of Ft. Parker Lake warning swimmers of alligators in the water. No persons were ever attacked before or after the posting. I also read in our newspaper here that an alligator was seen in Lake Limestone a few months back in the spring. The article included a photograph! Some warnings come with serious consequences; others not so much.

So, here’s the lesson in this. Only a fool ignores instructions and signs which warn of impending danger. Warnings found in God’s word are more reliable than rumors of alligator sightings. And, God’s judgment wrath is certainly more threatening than a parrot’s vengeance. The apostle Paul warned the leaders of the church at Ephesus, “Take heed for yourselves and for the church in which God has made you overseers. For vicious wolves will enter into your congregation and not spare the flock. They will lead disciples away from the truth and into false doctrine” (Acts 20:28-30).

He also warned Christians of the same thing in Galatians 1:6-8. Seriously, read it for yourself! The history of Christianity is filled with the devastation of false teachers, who abandoned the gospel and ravaged churches, not sparing the flock of God.

Therefore, Christianity today is filled with denominational divisions. That said, here is a sober warning from God’s word: “My dear friends, many false prophets are in the world now. So don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God” (1st Jn. 4:1). That warning was the reason Acts 17:11 says the church at Berea was more sound than the one at Thessalonica because: “They gladly received the preaching of the word, and then searched the scriptures daily to see whether the teachings were true.” So, heed the warning. Come open your Bibles and search the scriptures for yourself with us this Sunday, as we worship together. Oh, and don’t speak to the parrot.


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