It is appalling to me the number of Christians who are rude. I run across these Christians on a daily basis – they cut me off in traffic, they are impolite to check out clerks at Dillon’s and they craft hateful blog posts. But I know they’re Christians because they have Jesus fish on their cars, wear Christian t-shirts and boldly proclaim their devotion to God in their “about me” sections.
I think before we have any lessons about doctrine, evangelism or ecclesiology, we should begin with the basics of manners.
Because Christians should be nice.
It is incredible the impact that a smile or kind word have on a people .
I worked in the food service industry for a couple of years (let me make a quick shout-out to my peeps at Applebee’s – WOW Them!), and I can’t tell you how awful it was to serve the Christians. They would come in on Sunday afternoon in groups of about 20, dressed in their Sunday best (so we knew they were Christians) and were the most demanding, inconsiderate and unsympathetic groups we were forced to deal with. And, perhaps worst of all, they were the worst tippers – sometimes leaving a one dollar bill and fake 20 dollar bill that, when fully opened, shared the saving message of Jesus. I know of not one server who ever committed their lives to Jesus after receiving this evangelistic tool (I could make a joke about the individual who left the fake money being an evangelistic tool, but I will refrain. This is, after all, a post about being nice.).
I love that Romans 2:4 tells us that it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance, not His righteous judgment or condemnation. His kindness. His kindness.
So, let’s be like God. Let’s stop being jerks. Let’s start being the best tippers, the most polite drivers and friendliest grocery store patrons. I think we would be amazed by the results.
EDIT: If you visited the link with the posters, I hope you were appalled. These are created by a Christian blog and supported by our friend Ken Silva and his readers. The fact that they mock very real and very valid concepts AND make hateful implications about the people pictured shows just how badly Christians can screw up this kindness thing. Here’s an example of someone getting it right. She didn’t respond with anger (as I confess I was about to do when I first came across them), she responded with kindness and meekness.