Friday, February 1, 2013

I'm Sorry. It's a Good Place to Start

Today I posted a link on Facebook about pastor stiffing a waitress. She was dining with a group. Anyone who has dined with large groups of people knows that gratuity is typically added...usually 18%. This pastor wrote (on the check) something along the line of 'I give God 10%, why should I give you 18%?' She scratched out the tip and changed the total amount. I was seriously livid!

Its been on my mind all day long. I'm still upset. I am a Christian and I have been a waitress. I loathed working on Sundays. Church people were frequently RUDE and rarely tipped...forget tipping well. This is just one example of why people shouldn't walk around saying "I'm a Christian" unless they intend to behave that way.

I'm sick of 'Christians' (and I'm using that term very loosely here) who behave like this. I am not perfect. No one is. Being a Christian does not make anyone perfect. However, I firmly believe that when you experience the life-changing love of Jesus it changes you. It is reflected in how you live your life...or at least it should be.

So, to those of you who have been hurt by individuals claiming to be Christians or have been turned off to church because of church people, I am sorry. Please allow me to apologize on behalf of the church. The church is comprised of human beings. We don't have it all together, so we have no right to act 'holier than thou'. God loves you. So do I.

I know this doesn't fix everything, but it's a good place to start.


Rebecca Louise. said...

Oh that's so bad! The pastor was way out of line! And don't you try to give God 100%, not 10?

Sheena said...

@Rebecca Louise.
She was referring to what is called tithing in the church - giving God 1/10th of your 'first fruits'.
Regardless, she was WAY out of line!

Bev said...

Totally agree!

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