Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33:1,12,18-22; Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19; Luke 12:32-48
In an old comedy routine, a famous film actor receives a telephone call from an advertising agency executive who says, “We want you to pose for a Gilby’s Gin billboard.” To which the actor replies, “I’m afraid I can’t do that. You see, I don’t drink, and even if I did it wouldn’t be Gin. It would be dishonest for me to do the ad. I can’t be hypocritical.” The voice on the other end of the line says, “Your fee would be one hundred thousand dollars.” There is a pause, then the actor says, “I’ll think it over.” He then goes to his pastor for counsel. “Can I take the money?” he asks. “It would be morally wrong for you to do the ad,” the pastor advises. So the actor calls the ad man. “Sorry,” he says, “I can’t do the ad.” Several weeks later, the actor rides past a billboard in which his pastor appears, holding up a bottle of Gilby’s Gin.