I’ve had a big response to my last post, “Christians and Tipping.”
One particular question several of you have asked is, “But what if our waiter gives us bad service?”
I think that’s a great question. And here’s my answer:
When the service we receive at a restaurant is sub par, we are perfectly within our rights to reduce the amount we tip accordingly. Western culture is based on the concept of justice, of right-and-wrong. There’s nothing wrong with that. To pay our servers in proportion to the quality of their work is expected.
But what if we Christians did the unexpected?
What if, instead of tipping justly, we tipped lavishly and graciously? What if, when we received bad service, instead of giving a small tip, we actually gave a huge tip, clearly beyond what is deserved or expected?
What if we tipped out of our abundance instead of according to our server’s performance?
What if by doing that, we could share a tiny taste of the overwhelming, undeserved love of God with our servers? What if this small act of grace could awaken a thirst in our servers for its Source?
Wouldn’t that be infinitely more exciting than saving a few dollars?