Applebee's Pastor's Lesson on God and Tipping

Author: Stephen Alexander
Published: February 01, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Sermon On The Tipping

As we all know, hindsight is 20-20, or so they say. Moreover, they also say that two or in this case four wrongs don't make a right. However, there are some lessons to be learned from the Applebee's waitress who was fired for allegedly posting a message from a pastor's receipt on social sharing site Reddit.

The message was in the form of a question on the receipt to the waitress: “I give God 10%, why do you get 18?” Of course, the message is from pastor Alois Bell, who now regrets the fact that she “brought embarrassment to my church and my ministry.”

The main lesson that the pastor should have learned, if she in fact discusses what Jesus taught in her church, is “Turning the Other Cheek.” The pastor allegedly failed to understand the message that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, according to the Book of Matthew in Chapter 5, starting at verse 38:

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, don't resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and don't turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

Ms Bell, as a learned pastor, should have practiced what she should be preaching. Instead, she resisted the one she thought was an evildoer (the waitress) when she allegedly went to the Applebee's store and allegedly demanded that everyone be fired. She was supposedly insulted and figuratively “slapped” on her right cheek, yet the pastor allegedly failed to turn her other cheek.

In addition, allegedly, Ms Bell was figuratively “forced” to give a tip of 18%. If she was a practitioner of Jesus teachings, then she would have gone two miles and doubled the waitress' tip. Of course, Ms Bell allegedly initiated the problem by not giving to the one who asks you for a tip in the first place.

As for the waitress and her part in this event, she is allegedly an atheist and cannot be expected to follow Jesus' teachings in the Sermon. Thus, there are no reasons to discuss her actions in regards to the Bible.


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