Web site says Christians are terrible tippers

Web site says Christians are terrible tippers

Posted: Updated: March 17, 2014 07:00 PM

A Kingsport, Tenn. pastor wants to help change the perception that Christians are terrible tippers.

Chad Roberts, lead pastor of Preaching Christ Church, launched the Web site titled "Sundays Are the Worst," inviting restaurant and hotel servers to share their stories of dealing with church-goers on Sunday afternoons.

In a video posted to the Web site, Roberts explains, "Our goal is not just to bash Christians. Our goal is to create a conversation."

He continues, "We see such a huge gap, such a big disconnect, between the serving community and the church crowd. We want to say to you that have been genuinely hurt by Christians, we want to say that we are sorry."

The Web site has drawn 19 pages of comments and stories from people who said they are servers.  They do not reveal their identity.

"You never know who's putting those things on there," said Mike Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. "If there are things we need to repent of and get better at, sure, we need the truth."

Lee went on to say that he has heard anecdotal stories of how church goers do not tip the 15 to 20 percent that is commonly expected.

"If this is a representation of a pattern developing that Christians are cheap, they're prideful, they're arrogant and as one said, 'snotty,' then that is a pattern we need to address as believers," Lee explained.

But, he said, going by anonymous comments made against the entire Christian population cannot be considered accurate.

"I think it's unfair to a certain degree to lump all Christians under one bad experience. Or multiple," Lee added.

To learn more about Sundays Are the Worst, visit their Web site.

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