This is an All-Skate: Christians Behaving Badly?

All right kids.  Today’s post is an all-skate, which means that each and every one of you will be expected to join in the discussion.  No lurking will be allowed today; if I catch you, I will track down your IP address, reach through your internet connection and out through your computer monitor, and throttle you to death.  So don’t be shy.  Jump in and let me know what you think.

For those of you who are not internet- or blog/blogosphere-savvy, the procedure for leaving comments here is quite simple.  Just click on the title of this post or on the word “Comments” which appears at the bottom, and that will take you to a special page which contains this post all by itself, with a form at the end where you can leave your comment.  Fill in your name (doesn’t have to be your real name, just the name that you want to use here) and email address (sorry, this is a required item).  If you have a blog or other website, put the address of that site in the space where it says “Website” and you will get a link to your site.  Finally, just type your comment in the big space and click the “Submit Comment” button, and you’re done.

Note:  If your comment contains a link to another website, then it will be held for moderation.  This is a precaution which I have taken because I don’t want anything appearing on my site which links to anything offensive.  If you wish to link to something which you feel is relevant to the discussion, then by all means do so; just understand that your comment will be moderated and won’t appear right away.


The subject of today’s discussion is as follows:  Why do Christians behave badly in certain situations?

What I have in mind is this:  You are the waiter/waitress at a local restaurant.  You work the Sunday lunch shift because you are presently on the low end of the seniority totem pole.  A large group of people who are obviously part of the after-church crowd comes in and sits in your section.  You go to get their drink orders, and right off the bat one of them says to you something to this effect:  “I just want to let you know up front that we will not be giving you anything in the way of a tip because we do not believe in working on Sunday.”  (Sad to say, I am not making this up.  This actually happened recently; read what the original poster had to say about it.)

My question:  What is the justification for Christians behaving in this fashion?  Because it seems to me that there is a huge disconnect from being “a good witness”, which is something that we talk about all the time, and not tipping your waiter/waitress because you don’t believe in working on Sunday, leaving a tract in lieu of a tip, and other such things that Christians have been known to do in restaurants.  I just want to know how we get from here to there.

All right, the floor is open.  This is an all-skate, so don’t just sit there staring at your computer screens and passively taking this in.  I expect to see some good discussion here.


6 thoughts on “This is an All-Skate: Christians Behaving Badly?

  1. Hi joe, – I believe many middle – high income people of faith don’t truly understand the day to day realities of the working poor. A great new resource that is out for individuals and congregations is wage theft by kim bobo whe is the executive director of interfaith worker justice. There is a congregational study guide that is a part of the book. One of the industries that is noyorious for wage theft are restaurants. We as christians should be advocating for these Workers not being rude to them in their workspace.

  2. Hi. I read the orginal post. That is pretty bad. If the resturaunt weren’t open on Sunday night they would have had to go home. So they were requireing her to work by the very nature of them being there. TO say they weren’t gonna tip that i crazy. Most people who work in that situation don’t get a great base salary and they live off of tips. Put yourself in there shoes oneday. I have worked in that situation and I was happy that the tips came I was able to make through to the next week. yeah I agree that some people are still in the dark about general respect for people.

  3. This issue has to be taken logically and as a member of general society since I am not religious (Atheist here).

    If the aversion is to working on Sunday, why would you even go to a resteraunt in the first place? You are supporting what you abhore. This makes no sense. This means that it has to be a religious rationalization of bad behaviour.

    There are plenty of hypocrites out there and this sounds like a group of them. Some people don’t take the time to consider the circumstances of others before running their mouths.

  4. Yeah, what Al said.

    If you don’t believe in working on Sunday, then there would be an awful lot of things that shouldn’t have happened that Sunday for the customers of the restaurant. First off, they shouldn’t have gone to church since church employees had to work to serve them that morning. Hopefully, they didn’t have to get gas on the way to church forcing the convenience store clerk to work. And then the restaurant…those poor cooks…forced to work…not to mention the server.

    C’mon, Joe. Give us a tougher question.

  5. How wonderful that they announced to the server their intention to stiff him/her beforehand! That way he/she could give them the terrible service they deserved. And perhaps spit in their drinks.

Comments are closed.