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@tipsforjesus: who are we doing this for?

@tipsforjesus: who are we doing this for?

Writing at his blog A Long Way from Home, Evan D. Garner wonders about leaving extra large tips for servers:

Tips for Jesus? No Thanks

Maybe I’m over Thanksgiving. Maybe the Scrooginess of Advent is setting in. Or maybe I’m just looking for a fight. But I want to go on record (for what it’s worth) as being against the idea that lavish, flashy, over-the-top tips for servers is a good, Christian idea.

Yep, I said it.

Here’s an article from NPR about people leaving HUGE tips for their servers and only identifying themselves as @tipsforjesus. I’ve seen some colleagues post on Facebook about how wonderful this is. But I’m not so sure.

Read his reasons here.


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Ann Fontaine

Reminds me of Matthew 26:6-13

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor. Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

John B. Chilton

Well, would we judge someone who adopts a child no one else wanted the same way? It surely has the same focused effect on an individual’s life.

Is the objection to do with the giver saying they are doing it on behalf of Jesus?

Or is that what “tipsforjesus” is even saying? Maybe it’s a statement of gratitude for the generosity one has received in life (and we’re the one’s who are misinterpreting the message). Is that bad stewardship theology?

Do I have to give my generous contribution to an agency that will spread it around? Why would I pick one agency over another?

Finally, cash is almost always the best gift to give. No strings, give the recipient agency, no admin costs.

Anyone in favor a minimum income?

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