It Has a Nice Ring!

You hypocrites... give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God

Matthew 22:18,21
Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalms 96:1,3-5,7-10; I Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

The world-renowned composer, Rudolph Friml, once turned on the radio and was outraged to hear one of his great compositions being used as background music for a beer commercial. Immediately, he called his manager and expressed his indignation over his song being “vulgarized” in such a manner. “I demand that you do something about this outrage at once,” he bellowed. “But, maestro,” the manager replied, “I’ve been saving this as a surprise. I made a deal with the beer company and you’ll get at least fifty thousand dollars for the rights.” After a moment’s silence, the maestro offered, “Well, it does have a nice ring to it!”

Then there was another man who liked to appear to be full of virtue. As the story goes, he once said to Mark Twain, “Before I die, I’m going to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I shall climb to the top of Mount Sinai and read the Ten Commandments aloud!” To which Twain reportedly replied, “I…

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