Let Me Give You A Tip

My family and I live in the Thumb Area of Michigan, and currently, in a small city called Caro. One of the things we love to do is try out new restaurants. We do not eat out no where near as much as we use to because we have created a budget and we do our best to stick to it.

The restaurants we frequent the most, we try to use the same server every time. This allows us to get to know the server, the server to get to know us and allows us to shine Jesus into their lives.

Throughout the years, that I have been in full time ministry, I have often asked some of the servers we have come in contact with, if they enjoy working Sunday afternoons for the Church crowds, and almost 100% of the time we are told no. At first I was completely astonished to hear this. So of course my next question to them is “why?”. Very few actually answered.

I have a pastor friend, down in the sunshine state of Florida, who use to be a server and currently his wife still is. They both mentioned that the Church crowd, on Sundays after Church Services lets out, are by far the rudest people and stingiest tippers and that servers PLEAD to not work Sundays for the Church crowd. I could not believe what I was hearing!!!! And to make matters worse, I have heard this repeatedly, time and time again, throughout the years.

At the heart of every Follower of Christ, should be giving. And no, I am not just talking about giving towards your local Church. That will be a different blog for a different time. Unfortunately, Christians have given themselves a bad name when it comes to financially blessing those who work in the restaurant industry. As Followers of Christ, Scripture-alone-is our guiding document on tipping our servers well. See Acts 20:35, 1st Timothy 5:18, Luke 10:7, Proverbs 3:27 and Proverbs 28:22.

The one Scripture that I feel the Lord showed me, during my personal Bible study one day, is Proverbs 11:24; Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything (NLT). I am not opposed to people being wealthy or building wealth. What I am opposed to to though, is someone calling themselves a Christian and then continuing to be stingy when they know that God would not be pleased with the amount they are tipping their servers. “But what if we get bad service?” Is usually the next question that is asked. That is irrelevant. Luke 6:31 tells us to treat others the way we would like to be treated. So if you put yourself in the servers shoes, and you have bills to pay and a family to support, wouldn’t you want to be tipped well?

Its time for the Church to change their “tipping habits”. The going rate, nationwide, for tipping is 18-20%. My wife and I will leave no less the 25% no matter how bad the service or food may be. Why you may ask? 1) Because my faith and hope is in Christ and Christ alone and I will be obedient to what He tells me to do. My wife and I will not go out to eat unless we can afford it and it is budgeted accordingly. 2) We just might win this server to Jesus Christ. Oh!!! What a day that WILL be!!!!

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  1. Jon, I love this topic! 1. My husband and I are also strong believers in good tipping.
    2. My thought on your “church going Christians” being rude, is that they think they are better than the servers that didn’t have the option to take the day off to spend it in church or otherwise.
    3. And lastly, this group is not the only ones that suck at tipping, corporate executives are the worst, so ungrateful, and stingy.
    That is all .

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    1. Yes I agree that us Christians have given ourselves a bad name. Something that I, as a young Christian Pastor, am striving to change. I even challenge the Church that I Pastor to live according to the same standards. I once heard a story of a major Hollywood actor who went to a local restaurant and left less then a 10% tip. Its sad when we see, those who are wealthy, not blessing in return after they have been blessed with wealth. Even in the Church, the vast majority who tithe and give are those who are not considered wealthy to this worlds standards. Thanks for your comment cuz!!!!

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  2. You hit this 100%! As a former server and now retail worker the “church crowd” is the worst! Although it’s not just on Sunday it’s every day.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear this! I can assure that not all of us “Church crowd” people act this way. In fact, the majority, that I personally know, are not like this in general. While us Christians are held and should be held to a higher standard, we are still human and will make mistakes. Case in point, I have gotten some bad service at a corporate ran grocery store before, but I wouldn’t hold every corporate ran store according to the poor service I received at another. I am sure I am “preaching to the choir” here so to speak especially seeing as you currently work in retail. Thank you for your comment.

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