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Christianity Thomas on 25 Oct 2009 12:14 am

How Christians treat people

The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity

Take, for example, how Christians tip and behave in restaurants. If you have ever worked in the restaurant industry you know the reputation of the Sunday morning lunch crowd. Millions of Christians go to lunch after church on Sundays and their behavior is abysmal. The single most damaging phenomenon to the witness of Christianity in America today is the collective behavior of the Sunday morning lunch crowd. Never has a more well-dressed, entitled, dismissive, haughty or cheap collection of Christians been seen on the face of the earth.

I exaggerate of course. But I hope you see my point. Rather than pouring our efforts into two hours of worship, bible study and Christian fellowship on Sunday why don’t we just take a moment and a few extra bucks to act like a decent human being when we go to lunch afterwards? Just think about it. What if the entire restaurant industry actually began to look forward to working Sunday lunch? If they said amongst themselves, “I love the church crowd. They are kind, patient and very generous. It’s my favorite part of the week waiting on Christians.” How might such a change affect the way the world sees us? Think about it. Just being a decent human being for one hour each Sunday and the world sees us in a whole new way.

But it’s not going to happen. Because behavior at lunch isn’t considered to be “working on your relationship with God.” Behavior at lunch isn’t spiritual. Going to church, well, that is working on your relationship with God. But, as we all know, any jerk can sit in a pew. But you can’t be a jerk if you take the time to treat your waitress as if she were a friend, daughter or mother.

My point in all this is that contemporary Christianity has lost its way. Christians don’t wake up every morning thinking about how to become a more decent human being. Instead, they wake up trying to “work on their relationship with God” which very often has nothing to do with treating people better.

5 Responses to “How Christians treat people”

  1. on 25 Oct 2009 at 5:18 pm 1.Susan Shell said …

    Hmmm… Interesting point you have there. However, what does how a person acts, reflect upon the existence of God? We must remember that most people in the world are hypocrites. In fact, you probably can’t find a person in the world who hasn’t shown hypocrisy ever in there life. This does include Christians. So, I’m sad to say but most Christians aren’t Christians at all. Sure, they go to church and give an offering here and there but when you get right to it, they aren’t acting upon God’s word. However, I do urge you to look at both sides of the situation here. Your point of view that you have already expressed is the Christians at the diners who act rudely. Yes, some of those people are Christians, but not all of them are. Probably most of them aren’t Christians. Certainly all of them aren’t true Christians. Look at all the good done in the world! Sure, not all of the charity being done is by Christians, but a lot is.

  2. on 25 Oct 2009 at 8:08 pm 2.Chip E said …

    I’m a Christian and I always tip 20%. However Susan you make a great point. I think this story is nothing more than mere propaganda to demonize the opposing side. Politicians do it regularly.

  3. on 26 Oct 2009 at 10:08 pm 3.Gordon said …

    “mere propaganda to demonize the opposing side”

    it is not about demonising you. The fact is that a lot of people will claim (and maybe even believe) that if you dont believe in god you must have no morals. In that context it is important to show that christians are not especially more moral, and in fact often noticably less.

    After all, if you can be forgiven for anything you can do anything…

  4. on 26 Oct 2009 at 10:49 pm 4.krissthesexyatheist said …

    I work in a cafe and They are the worst tippers and customers. Hippie and punk rock kids will give you their last dollar and they treat you with kindness-not so for the Other People. great post.

    Kriss

  5. on 29 Oct 2009 at 12:56 am 5.bilgewater said …

    We all have misperceptions about everything and everyone. When taken to extremes , they become bigotry and this is what Susan is showing in this rant she published on Christian diners. Let’s have done with bigotry in your articles please!

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