Ouch! What a harsh dose of reality on how people view Christians on Sundays... of all days.
I’m proud of my Christian faith but I’m not proud of my fellows Christians. Christians have a poor record of showing good character and mercy to others. Instead of being “a light” to their neighbors, they are “dark clouds” that rain on their parade. It’s infuriating.
The other day, a restaurant server posted this picture in Reddit.
The “pastor” didn’t leave a tip, and worst, wrote on the bill, I give God 10%. Why do you get 18%?
Unfortunately, Christians have a reputation of quick to preach and judge the unwed mothers, gays, pro-abortion activists and liberals but slow to show grace and gentleness to everyday folks. This perception is often true and is more damaging to our name and influence. Christians are often our own worst enemies.
Parallel to this, fathers are portrayed in the media as stupid insensitive slobs and there’s a good reason why. Father-neglected families and fatherless children are high in our culture. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America or one out of three live in biological father-absent homes. For many men, their words expressed in the their wedding vows and their promise to be "always there" for their kids fell short of actually doing what they say will do.
The story of the pastor and the 18% tip should be a teaching opportunity that reminds us to "walk the talk" and love others 24/7 or when no one is watching. This is a golden rule that doesn’t just apply to Christians but to all men regardless of their faith and status in life.