An elderly South African pastor dies and is waiting in line at the pearly gates. Ahead of him is a young guy who’s dressed in sunglasses, a loud t-shirt, leather jacket and jeans.
St. Peter says to the younger man, “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?”
The guy replies, “I’m Sipho Mlangeni, taxi driver, from Soweto, South Africa, sir.” St Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Now it’s the minister’s turn. He stands erect and booms out, “I am the Right Reverend Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary’s for the last 43 years.”
St Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, “Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
“Just a minute,” says the minister. “That man was a taxi driver and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. I am a respected pastor and all I get is these rags. How can this be?”
“Up here, we work by results,” explains St Peter. “While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed.”