A man walks into a diner and orders a roast beef sandwich. A few minutes later the server returns, saying, “I’m sorry; we’re all out of roast beef. But you can have peanut butter and jelly or bologna.”

Taken aback, the man replies, “Peanut butter and jelly or bologna? I can’t stand either one of those. I want roast beef!”

“Too bad,” the server says. “We’re all out of roast beef. You have to choose peanut butter or bologna.”

“Well, just give me a bowl of soup then,” the man replies, trying to avoid an argument. “That will be good enough.”

“You’re not listening,” the waiter replies, an edge in his voice. “You can’t order the soup. You came in for a sandwich, and you’ll get a sandwich!”

“But I asked for a roast beef sandwich!”

The server leans menacingly over the man and sticks a finger in his chest.

“Look, Mac,” he says, “are you trying to cause trouble? Are you an elitest or something? If peanut butter and bologna are good enough for our other customers, they’re good enough for you, so stop wasting my time and choose one!”

“But I can’t digest either peanut butter or baloney,” the man says. “They both turn my stomach. Why can’t I have something else?”

“Simple,” the server says smugly. “It’s a binary choice.”

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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