Penny Craver, general manager of a pizza restaurant, came to the defense of one of her wait staff who received a religious pamphlet from and a very small tip from a patron. That's when Craver decided to do something about it. She looked up the church listed on the pamphlet, Harbor Baptist Church in Charlotte, and wrote an email to the church's pastor. It reads:
I am the general manager of Dish (restaurant) in Plaza Midwood. Imagine one of my server's surprise when she received a small pamphlet (Every one of us will face eternity one day) instead of a tip when she served what I assume was one of your congregation. Her particular religious beliefs are not discussed at work; however, I do know that this pamphlet can not pay her mortgage or her electric bill. It concerns me that someone would consider a pamphlet fair monetary exchange. Suppose your congregation felt it was sufficient to tithe their personal writings instead of 10% of their income. Your church wouldn't be paying their bills for very long. I think it would be great if you used this in a sermon. Pride, one of the 7 Deadly Sins, is considered, on almost every list, the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins: the source of the others. It is identified as believing that one is essentially better than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). I think it could be educational for at least one member of your congregation. Thank you very much for your time.
Craver says she felt compelled to write the email because this was the third or fourth time that particular employee had received a religious pamphlet in lieu of a tip. "The waitress works hard-- when she's able to pick up shifts between her classes," Craver says, "and those pamphlets aren't helping to pay her bills."
Stingy people will always be among us, Christian or not. The difference is the Christian has no excuse. To whom much is given, much is required.
However, in general, most studies show that people of faith are more giving of their time and money. When something like this happens, it's news because we all recognize the hypocrisy of it. When was the last time an atheist stiffing a waitress made a headline? The point is the world watches us with far more scrutiny.
That’s why our deeds are even more important than our pamphlets, or even the words we speak in witnessing to others.
“For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).
“For Scripture says, "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages” (1 Timothy 5:18).