Visible Christians and their tips

The worst, for some reason, are the Visible Christians – like the ten-person table, all jolly and sanctified after Sunday night service, who run me mercilessly and then leave me $1 on a $92 bill.

Or the guy with the crucifixion T-shirt (SOMEONE TO LOOK UP TO) who complains that his baked potato is too hard and his iced tea too icy (I cheerfully fix both) and leave no tip at all.

As a general rule, people wearing crosses or WWJD? (“What Would Jesus Do?”) buttons look at us disapprovingly no matter what we do, as if they were confusing waitressing with Mary Magdalene’s original profession

Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed


Which reminds me of the story of this asshole who didn’t tip but instead wrote on his receipt that he only paid his taxes to God, or something like that.

I wonder if it is causation or correlation. Did more churchgoing lead to more miserly behavior? (Not likely if concepts such as generosity, charity, and love for fellow human beings are preached) Perhaps its some other factor, such as demographics, that leads to both more visible “Christian” expressions and more miserly behavior.


The prosperity church belief

This formula required the prayers to acknowledge their own weak position and rely on the One with unlimited bounties. Finding this method irksome, ineffective, or too passive, Christians often sought to compel the supernatural to produce their desired results.

Kate Bowler, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel 



Essentially, prayer is no longer about asking God, but claiming and demanding your “entitlement” from God. Having been to New Creation Church and City Harvest Church, I can attest to this.

What about the effectiveness? I think there is some psychology at play here. We remember it when our “prayer” is answered, and we rationalize/dismiss it when our prayer does not get answered.