Cruising facebook the other day I came across a Babylon Bee article satirizing Christians who leave a bible tract in lieu of a tip.  I wrote the following as a comment on that article, and thought it was worth sharing.  In addition to addressing the original subject of the Babylon Bee article, I think it also shows how we can apply the teachings and parables of Jesus to modern issues and circumstances.  So, here you go…

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: There was a man working two jobs to support his family. While at his second job as a server at Applebees he was having a rough day. He had been on his feet for 12 hours, they were a server short and the place was slammed. He had two last tables. One was full of Christians who stopped in for a meal after Bible study and the second had a man who was an atheist. The first table left the server a legalistic Bible tract that reminded the server what a terrible sinner he was, and no tip. The second table, with the atheist man, saw how distressed the server was, so he left a hundred dollar bill on which he had scribed the note, “I hope this helps.”

36 “Which of these two do you think was a neighbor to hard the working server?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”