I was recently cut off in traffic by someone who proceeded to honk at a car further down the road (always find it comical when aggressive drivers weave in and out of traffic rushing somewhere and then they are only two cars ahead of you at the stop light). The thing that caught my attention most was the bumper stickers on the back of the car. They had a fish and a sticker that said “Enjoy this day compliments of God.” Wow. Not exactly what I expected.
Made me think of all the pictures that have started going viral from restaurant staff. You've probably seen them as well. People who wear their faith openly (either announcing they are Pastor or praying before the meal) but then tip very poorly, if at all, and are sometimes down right rude. A few of them have even written things like "here's a tip for you. Come to church next Sunday at_______" or "I already tithe 10% why would I give you 18%?" Those are the exact words I've seen on some of the receipts pictured and shared on social media. If you just shook your head or sighed — we had the same reaction. It's disappointing. THAT may be the only example of God's 'love' someone ever sees. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes and lose our tempers every now and then (I get it), but rudeness and greed are not good looks on any of us, especially as believers. Our actions are a direct reflection of who God is — we are his ambassadors!
We as a family have a responsibility to clothe ourselves in love, kindness, peace, joy, gentleness and self control (Galatians 5:22). So many people are hungry for hope even if they don't yet know His name is Jesus. Every encounter we have with someone is a chance to share that hope with them!