Noise Complaints

People are in the house and loud music is playing, people are laughing, telling jokes and stories about the day. Suddenly the door opens. It’s a young guy and he yells, “Everybody listen up. There have been noise complaints.” And he pauses for dramatic effect, “Because you guys aren’t making enough noise.” And then he rips off his clothes and starts dancing. And everyone is looking at him.

When he notices that no one is laughing at his joke he asks, “Don’t you get it?” And someone says, “No, that doesn’t even make sense.” And he says, “You know, it’s a line from that one movie where the strippers dressed like cops show up and they pretend like there’s a noise complaint and no one knows they’re strippers until they say ‘Because you guys aren’t making enough noise,’ and they start stripping.” And someone says, “But the joke only works if you’re wearing a cop outfit. The strippers are wearing cop outfits and that’s why it’s funny because everyone thinks they’re cops when they really aren’t.” And the guy says, “Yeah, they’re wearing cop outfits.” And they all laugh at him because he forgot the most important part of the joke. That’s it’s not really what you say. It’s what you wear.

But if we all walked around wearing one thousand dollar suits not saying anything to each other then it’s not what you wear but what you say. So I guess what you say and what you wear have to go together. But it’s not even about what you wear because eventually the strippers just took off the outfits, really what mattered was that they stripped. Then it matters what you do. Because if the strippers said all there lines and then didn’t strip the joke wouldn’t have worked either. I guess when I hear myself say how much I love Jesus and then act in a way that someone in love with someone doesn’t act, it’s as if I’m just one giant joke without the punch line.

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