I’ve always known that being a waiter or waitress is a tough way to make a living, but I didn’t realize how tough until last week. A man who claimed to be a preacher left a “cheap” tip to say the least. He went to a restaurant, enjoyed his meal, and received a bill for $34.93 for his purchases. Due to the size of the party he was dining with (20 people), the restaurant added an automatic 18% gratuity ($6.29) to his tab. This obviously rubbed this “preacher” the wrong way, because at the top of the receipt he wrote, “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?” Then, in the tip column, he wrote a large, emphatic ZERO. Some might find it humorous. I don’t know about you, but as a preacher, I find it embarrassing.
As Christians, we can assemble and worship all we want. We can sing with excitement, passion, perfect pitch and four-part harmony. We can teach classes, quote scripture, and give bountifully and generously. But until we make our faith a daily affair, we’re simply stage actors who write our own plays, and then act them out before fellow actors in the fortress of our buildings.
Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” “Whatever you do”—that includes tipping the waiter or waitress who serves you so they can feed their families. God wants us to develop a good reputation inside and outside the family of God. Don’t let a receipt get in the way!