Sometimes even well-meaning Christians forget what it actually means to be Christians. Yes, I do too. We start focusing on serving ourselves and forget it is more than just us. It’s serving those we share the earth with. In this case, it’s serving those who serve us.
I read of a pastor who along with eight friends went out dining at Applebee’s Restaurant. Because of the size of her party, there was an auto-tip of 18% added to her bill. The pastor resented this and showed her resentment by writing on the bill, “I give God 10% why do you get 18?” Now some
cheapskates people might agree with the pastor’s take and stiff the poor minimum-wage-earning waitress whose job it is to cater to the whims of her diners. To me, I think…well you know by now what I think.
To one server, it was insulting and comical. So much that she took a photo of the bill and posted it online where it went viral. Well of course it will. People pounce on that kind of stuff.
Was the pastor right? In my opinion, no she wasn’t. I think she was being a miserable cheapskate and should have exercised her Godliness in a more positive way than she did. Was the waitress right in posting the offending receipt? Well I probably would have done the same thing. Unfortunately, her manager didn’t see it that way and fired her. She apparently breached an unwritten confidentiality law that made it illegal to post bills that diners wrote on online. The pastor wasn’t a happy camper went she found out her autographed receipt was viral online. Serves her right! She should have thought of that before she did what she did.
The thing is lately is that many of us think that going to church, tithing and reading the bible make us perfect Christians. Somewhere along the way, we forget the ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ part. Sorry if I step on any toes but it’s my take and my opinion.