Should Christians be Great Tippers?

Have you seen the story of the $0 tip note left by pastor Alios Bell and a rude comment to the waitress, a few days ago in the news? If you have ever worked in a restaurant, as a server, bar tender or host, you prefer to not work Sundays. Christians have a reputation of being terrible tippers. This isn’t true for all Christians of course, but it is bad behavior, and it seems we need to break this habit.

Why should Christians be great tippers?  First of all, the person serving you, is working hard to attend to all of your dining needs, so you should show your appreciation to them.  Often restaurant workers are single parents, students paying their way through college, and just regular every-day people trying to make a living for themselves and their families. Christians should be generous.

Tipping is fairly inexpensive.  Adding 15% to 20% isn’t a huge part of most eating-out meals. Secondly, the difference between 15% and 20% is usually only a few dollars. I always tip 20% and round it up to the next dollar, if the service is decent or great. If it is not great I leave 15%. I have only had terrible service a few times, so I don’t worry about tipping below 15%. Also, calculating 20% is just easier mathematically.

How to easily tip 20%: Just multiply the cost of your meal by 2 and move the decimal point over.  For example if your check comes to $42, then multiply that by 2, and you get $84.00.  Move the decimal point over one place and the tip is $8.40. If you don’t have 40 cents, and you leave $8 bucks you are still over 15%, and if you round up to $9 you are out less than a buck and you tipped over 20%- what a nice thing to do for someone working hard.

Good tipping is a great witness: Not only should Christians treat waiters with extreme respect, they should go out out of their way to show appreciation. Nothing makes a worse witness, then for Christians to pray over their meals, then commence to treat the wait staff rude, and then leave a small tip, but they do it all of the time.

Practice generosity: How generous of a person are you, does your insides tighten up when you are struggling over leaving $8 or $9, then get used to being happy to bless others. God has been generous to us, and he wants us to demonstrate the same attitude.

Why am I talking about this, you might be wondering?  As I mentioned in the first paragraph, last week a church Pastor wrote on her Applebee’s receipt “I give God 10%, why do you get 18.” Millions of people all around the world have read vicious blogs and news articles, as this went viral on the web. The picture of the check was posted by the waitress and she got fired, further making the error by the pastor magnified. None of this cast a nice light on Christianity. Next time you go out to eat show genuine concern for your waiter or waitress, and tip them well. If they do an outstanding job, tell the manager on your way out.

3 thoughts on “Should Christians be Great Tippers?

  1. Stephanie Bassham

    This was a story our Pastor told us last sunday.

    This all happened during lunch and it was a result of asking a waitress before they blessed their meal…He asked the young woman,” we are about to pray for our food, is there anything you would like for us to pray about?”

    The young woman abruptly said to him, “I don’t pray”. Then walked away. (Pastor) Brad and his friend continued chatting, and the woman rushed back and said “I thought of something…” Brad asked the woman, “What?” She simply said. “Will you ask God to help the people that pray before their meal to tip better?” Of course we don’t necessarily think about these thing and it really spoke to me the representation of who a Christ follower should be. IN EVERY SITUATION even in something as trivial as going out to eat.

    Brad said to everyone, “ if you are going to leave a horrible tip, don’t pray before you eat today.”

    wearing the name of Christ means more than just going to church on Sunday and praying before you eat….people are watching us 


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