I alluded to this joke in a comment at Better Bibles Blog. It seems that it is known even in California. I think I had better tell my version of it before someone else steals my thunder. I hope it is new at least to some of my readers.
A country pastor, in the old days before cars, went into town to buy a new horse. The horse dealer said to him, “I’ve got just the horse for you, Reverend. It’s an excellent horse, and what’s more, it’s a Christian.”
“A Christian horse? What do you mean?” asked the pastor.
“Well, it was brought up in a good Christian home, and it will really love you. Also it has learned Christian commands. To get it to start, you need to say ‘Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!’, and it will only stop if you say ‘Amen!'”
The pastor had a good look at the horse and decided to buy it. The dealer reminded him of the special commands it needed. Then the pastor jumped on the horse, and at his cry of “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” the horse shot off and the pastor started on his way home.
It was a beautiful day, and the horse was so good to ride that the pastor started to canter across the open countryside. The horse broke into a gallop as they sped across the hills.
Suddenly the pastor realised that they were coming towards the top of a cliff. He tried to stop the horse, tugging on the reins and shouting “Whoa! Stop!” But the horse kept going. At the last minute the pastor remembered what the horse dealer had told him. “Amen!” he shouted. The horse immediately stopped and skidded to a halt right on the brink of the cliff.
The pastor exclaimed, “Whew! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” …