A man decided to write a book about churches around The country. He started by flying to New York and headed south from there.
Going to a very large church in New York, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign which read "$10,000 a minute." Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if you pay the price you can talk directly to God.
The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in Boston, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, and around the northeastern States he found more phones with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor.
Finally, he arrived in the lovely mountains of North Carolina. Upon entering a church, behold, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: 25 cents."Fascinated, he asked to talk to the pastor. "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the north and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that could talk to God, but, in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads 25 cents a call. Why?"
( I just love this part)
The pastor, smiling benignly, replied, "Son, you're in the South now, so it's a local call."