A famous businessman became president and he invited thousands of peers to come to his inauguration. Instead of being overjoyed, they made excuses.
"My job requires me to be in the office," said one.
"I just got married and... well, I'm too busy," said another.
"I promised to take my daughter out that day," said another.
The employees who took the RSVPs explained this to the President and he fumed and ranted. Finally, he said, "Fine! Go downtown and invite every beggar, bum, cripple, wino and homeless to the inauguration."
After a while, they returned, "We did as you requested, Mr. President, but the greens still look pretty empty."
"Okay, then," he replied, "go to the day labor stations and the street corners. Find every immigrant looking for work or any foreigners who happen to be standing around. Give them some money, do what you must until the whole area is filled. Let me tell you, though, not a single one of the ones who offered excuses will stay in my country."
Luke 14:16-24, SKV