Day 243 Question 243

Day 243 Question 243:

What makes you uncomfortable?

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you are searching for something but you are unsure of what it is?  You feel like you need an answer to something but you don’t exactly know what the question is?  I have those days every once in a while and sometimes it is the strangest feeling.  So, Wednesday night I worked at the restaurant and I had an experience that is definitely worth mentioning.  A man came into the restaurant around 8:00pm with his 2 daughters (I would guess them to be in their mid to late 20’s and they were both married).  This gentleman immediately asked for Happy Hour prices (even though happy hour was long over with).  My general manager (who is my best friend and happens to be gay) agreed to do happy hour drinks for him.  This man proceeded to lolligag for 20 minutes figuring out what drink he wanted.  He wanted top shelf liquor for house liquor prices.  That was not going to happen.  After finally getting his drink order straight this man proceeded to ask me if I was married or had kids and for almost an hour, every time I came to their table, he proceeded to give me lessons about the Bible and our creator and shoved his religious beliefs straight down my throat.  He said he would set it up so his daughters would come to my condo and give me Bible lessons.  I told him I worked 2 jobs and was in Grad school.  He then (in a condescending voice) asked, “Are you too busy for Jesus?”  It took everything to tell him that Jesus does not pay my bills.  This man made me feel so very uncomfortable because he crossed such a line.  He told me he was going to order a dish to bring home for his wife.  He wanted peanut sauce (that is 13.95) for the price of our fresh mixed vegetables (that is 11.95).  This man bartered the entire meal and I told him I could not do that because the peanut sauce was more expensive to make.  He sat and debated for over 15 minutes and spoke to me like I was doing him no favors over $2!!!  SERIOUSLY, $2!  At one point I went back to the kitchen and my manager knew how uncomfortable I had been so he told me that the other server would finish off the table and I was not to go on the dining room floor until this man left.  I found out after he left that his daughters paid the bill.  This man came into the restaurant bartering every little thing he could then preached the word of God and the Bible and he didn’t even pay.  Isn’t greed one of the seven deadly sins?

I understand that not all Christians are like that.  I respect everyone and their beliefs but there is nothing more that I cannot stand than to have someone’s beliefs forced upon me.  This man, during his very long speel, said that God did not like bad people…like perverts and gays.  Meanwhile, the GM of the restaurant (my best friend) is gay.  I find people that act in such a manner to be so ignorant and I cannot wrap my brain around how they feel that their behavior is acceptable.  It seems very unnatural to me to shove your opinions and beliefs onto someone.  Why would you try to make someone be a clone of yourself?  That means this world would have no diversity and isn’t the diversity what makes it beautiful?

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6 Responses to Day 243 Question 243

  1. Noel says:

    Bad experience, but certainly one that can make you stronger. People like this man are eager to convert others to their faith (I used to be like him) but the reality is that we are all the same, and we all the right to believe what we want, as long as it does not hurt self or others. But you are right, not all Christians are like this man. Actually most of them are merciful, compassionate, and kind, even if they don’t agree with everything you endorse. Hope you have better experiences at work.

  2. slpmartin says:

    Such discussions always remind me of the short story “The Lottery” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lottery)

  3. ph0t0ch1ck says:

    There’s a lot of chatter these days about how social media as an outlet for politically and religiously driven opinions is becoming just plain annoying. But then again, it’s there so we can express ourselves. How do we draw the line??

  4. bibuji says:

    “Judge not, that you be not judged.” It is only God who can tell if one’s belief is right or wrong…just forget about that garrulous customer, relax and have a nice weekend!

  5. Oh Diane,
    As a Christian, your post simply breaks my heart! I too have encountered such ridiculous behavior from other Christians (as well as others of various beliefs). Please know that the Jesus who we serve was and is one of love, compassion and teaching. But He was also one whose criticism and critique were for the religious, not for the unbeliever. His desire was to see hearts change first, as that is most important. Then to love others. Then to change our own behaviors.
    Again, as a deeply committed Christian, I apologize … they do not represent my Savior!
    Carole

    • Diane :0) says:

      Thank you for your words. I have met some Christians that are the kindest, most compassionate and beautiful people. I respect everyone’s beliefs but I just believe people should choose what they want to believe….to take the natural progression for them. This man just crossed so many lines. Thank you again 🙂

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