Repentant Pastor Made Me Eat Humble Pie
It’s not too often that I go back on my take or eat humble pie so to speak. This is one of those not-too-often occasions. My last blog was harshly critical of the pastor, Alois Bell and her Applebee’s adventure. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, read my blog here.
To refresh you, Pastor Alois went to dine at Applebee’s with some friends and when it came time to pay the bill, she was charged 18% gratuity. She was not impressed and showed it by writing, “I give God 10% why do you get 18%?” A waitress finding it insulting and comical felt that it was internet worthy and posted it online where it went viral. She, the waitress, was promptly fired when the Pastor called the restaurant voicing her objection to the alleged invasion of privacy and breach of customer trust. Well me being my opinionated self, jumped all over it and berated the pastor for being a cheapskate for trying to shortchange the poor waitress.
Later, I saw an interview that Pastor Alois Bell did on the Fox network. I watched it in its entirety and within the first couple of minutes, I realized that I had been too quick to crucify the pastor. She was very open and apologetic and being a good reader of people, I knew she was legit. She did not show up to the interview wearing a brand name suit with hair and nails done. She looked like your regular woman in the next pew. She was down-to-earth and real. Alois saw the lesson that her action presented. She admitted her human frailty that led her to do what she did. We all make mistakes. Even I do. And did.
Alois, you keep on doing your thing. You seem like a nice person. You erred but we all err but not all of us say sorry. I am sorry for being so quick to judge and sentence you. After all, who the heck am I to cast the first stone?
Watch the pastor’s apologize on Fox: