The old hobo and the Fancy Church


One Sunday morning an old hobo entered a church just before services were to begin. Although the old man and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were very worn and ragged. In his hand he carried a worn out old hat and an equally worn out bible. (one that he read and practised).

The church that he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city. it was ( a business savvy church) the largest and most beautiful church the old hobo had ever seen.

The people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive clothes and accessories. As the hobo took a seat, the others moved away from him. No one spoke to, greeted or welcomed him. They were all appalled at his appearance and did not attempt to hide it. The preacher gave a long sermon about Love, Prosperity, Healing and a stern lecture on how much money the church needed to do God"s work.

As the old hobo was leaving the church, the Reverend/Pastor approached him and asked the hobo to do him a favour. "Before you come back in here again, have a talk with God and ask him what He thinks would be appropriate attire for worship." The old hobo assured the preacher he would.

The next Sunday, he showed back up for the services wearing the same ragged jeans, shirt, boots and hat. Once again he was completely shunned and ignored.

The preacher approached the man and said, "I thought I asked you to speak to God before you came back to our church."

"I did," replied the old hobo.

"If you spoke to God, what did he tell you the proper attire should be for worshipping in here?" asked the pastor.

"Well, sir, God told me that He didn't have a clue what I should wear. 
He says He's never been in this church."
(suggested bible refs: James 5:1-6, Luke 6:24-26)...1.3.04