As you know, I’m doing a series on the Sabbath. Coming up soon (but not next) will be a chapter on how others get turned off to Sabbath keeping because of the example of actual Sabbath keepers.
Of course, hypocrisy has been around since Adam and Eve. Not only does it turn off potential Sabbath keepers, but it turns some people off to Christianity altogether. It’s especially onerous when someone claims to be a religious leader and displays such obviously obnoxious behavior as to incite justifiable ridicule from nonreligious sources.
I don’t often link to The Consumerist, as the language there can be somewhat off the scale. However, the following picture comes from their article “Waitress Who Posted No-Tip Receipt From ‘Pastor’ Customer Fired From Job”.
It should be noted that this was at Applebee’s, and it was a party of about 10. Applebee’s makes no bones about its policy of automatically tacking on a gratuity on large parties.
Well, a waitress, not the one who waited on the “pastor”, took a picture of it and posted it as a joke. Unfortunately for her, it went viral as people tried to guess who the “pastor” is. It seems that someone figured it out, as the “pastor” called Applebee’s, demanding the entire staff be fired.
Comparing a mandatory gratuity to tithing is a little odd, to say the least. It’s apples and oranges. Some services charge 30% for commission. Are they sinning by doing so? Actually, if anything was comparable, it should be taxes. Maybe the “pastor” should try this with the IRS.
As for the customer’s claim that they “give God 10%,” Chelsea says she’s “utterly baffled” at why someone would try to make a connection between tithing to one’s church and tipping at a restaurant.
“I’ve been stiffed on tips before,” she says, “but this is the first time I’ve seen the Big Man has been used as reasoning.”
Chelsea says that the customer told her manager that their reputation had been ruined by having the receipt posted on Reddit.
I would be less worried about “reputation” and more about Judgment Day. Of course, any “pastor” that would do this probably doesn’t really believe in one anyhow.
There is a video on the story, and the “pastor” makes out like she is contrite and sorry, but I don’t buy it. If she were truly sorry, she would not have contacted Applebee’s in the second place, which is what got the waitress fired. It is obvious that she cares more about what people think than what God thinks.
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
~ Ro 2:24