A minister dies and, resplendent in his clerical collar and colorful
robes, waits in line at the Pearly Gates. Just ahead of him is a guy
dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.
Saint Peter addresses this guy, "Who are you, so that I may know
whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?"
The guy replies, "I'm Joe Green, taxi-driver, of Noo Yawk City."
Saint Peter consults his list, smiles and says to the taxi-driver,
"Take this silken robe and golden staff, and enter into the Kingdom." So
the taxi-driver enters Heaven with his robe and staff, and the minister is
next in line.
Without being asked, he proclaims, "I am Michael O'Connor, head pastor
of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years." Saint Peter consults his
list and says, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the
Kingdom of Heaven."
"Just a minute," says the preacher, "that man was a taxi-driver, and
you issued him a silken robe and golden staff. But I get wood and cotton.
How can this be?"
"Up here, we go by results," says Saint Peter. "While you preached,
people slept -- while he drove, people prayed."