266. The Golden Telephone
around the country. He starts by flying to San Francisco and working east
from there. He goes to a very large church and begins to taking pictures,
etc. He spots a golden telephone on a wall and is intrigued with a sign which
reads "$10,000.00 a minute."
Seeking out the pastor, he asks about the phone and the sign. The pastor
answers that this golden telephone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven,
and if he pays the price he can talk directly to GOD. He thanks the
pastor and continues on his way.
As he continues to visit churches in Seattle, Denver, Boise, Milwaukee,
Chicago, New York, and on around the United States, he finds more
phones with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor.
Finally, he arrives in the South. Upon entering a church, lo and behold,
he sees the usual golden telephone. But THIS time the sign reads " Calls:
Fascinated, he asks to talk to the pastor. "Reverend, I have been in
cities all across the country and in each church I found this golden
telephone, and I have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could
talk to GOD, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000.00 a minute. Your
sign reads 25 cents a call. Why?
The pastor, smiling benignly, replies, "Son, you're in the South now.
It's a local call."