Many years ago, when prejudicial ways and policies were prevalent in society, Mrs. Rosenberg found herself stranded for the night and the only hotel nearby was an upscale number known for not allowing Jews to spend the night.
Nevertheless, Mrs. Rosenberg went in, asked for a room, and after filling out her reservation card, the clerk looked deeply embarrassed but stammered, "Oh, I'm terribly sorry, but apparently I was mistaken. We have no rooms this evening."
"But your sign says you have vacancies!" Mrs. Rosenberg protested.
Stuttering in fear, the clerk replied, "Yes. But unfortunately, we have a strict policy about admitting Jews. I'm sure you could find a room in some other establishment."
Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeably and said, "I'll have you know I converted to *your* religion."
The desk clerk paused, sniffed, then said, "Really. Let me give you a little test. Describe the birth of Jesus."
Mrs. Rosenberg smiled and said, "He was born to a virgin named Mary in a town called Bethlehem."
"Very good," replied the clerk. "Tell me more."
"He was born in a manger."
"Yes, that's right," says the clerk. "Can you tell me why?"
At this point, Mrs. Rosenberg raised her voice so all in the lobby could hear her cry, "Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn't give a nice Jewish lady a room for the night!"
[Pastor Tim's Pearly Gates List]
WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: "...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.' " (Matthew 1:20-21)
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