Seven of our church members went to the Jacksonville Landing this evening to share the Good News of Christ. Michael talked to a server who was on a break, offering him a Gospel tract. He said he already had several of them…because Christians left as tips. Michael sought clarification, asking, “People leave them as tips or with tips?” The answer? Both.
I said to Michael, “Kind of makes you want to say to someone like that, ‘On behalf of all the lame Christians out there who aren’t representing Christ very well, I want to apologize.'”
Please, don’t ever leave a Gospel tract without a generous tip. Leaving Gospel tracts in the place of money for tips is scandalous, an embarrassment to the Christian community...even if the service is sub-par or bad. Think about this, God demonstrated His love toward us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…the just for the unjust, the godly for the ungodly. Even if a server is rude and not helpful, to bless them with a generous tip is acting very God-like, displaying love toward someone who has not earned it or in any way made you feel like being generous. That’s grace.
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My sister used to work as a waiter at a local restaurant. She told me one of the stingiest tippers was a well-known, local pastor. Conversations with her convinced me that I should ALWAYS tip, especially if I’m leaving a track with the tip. You’ve hit the nail on the head with this one, Brett!