It is a creative way to show people in our community the love of Christ. You ask how does it work? The next time that you go to your local fast food resturant (sic) drive thru, tell the cashier that you would like to pay the bill for the car behind you. Simply pay their bill and leave a fast food friends card for the cashier to give to them. Next, you drive off praying that God will use that act of kindness to bless the recipient of your generosity. You will be amazed how God will use such an insignificant amount of pocket change to “change” someone else’s day or possibly their life.
I find the logic behind this to be adolescent at best. It sounds is if you’re offering a bribe to god to get more converts for your team. This is not an act of kindness or charity; it’s some form of theological kick-back scheme. What sort of god would require “pocket change” in order to affect change in someone’s life? He must have really, really low overhead. What happened to all that roasted meat that he was so fond of in the bible? Is it that a few coins and a whiff from the local Choke-N-Puke franchise are sufficient these days?
Two observations regarding the intended target: First, is it realistic to think that the average person would change their philosophical views just because you paid for their lunch, and second, assuming that some people can be persuaded in this manner, what does that say about the depth of their convictions? It seems that, at best, all you’ll do is reinforce an existing empathy from a fellow traveler. On the other hand, you may wind up insulting someone of a different belief system who will now think even less of you, and who, in the extreme case, might follow you home, tackle you in the driveway, and drive your little “fast food friends” card into a particular orifice in such a way as to block the exit for your recently consumed burger and fries.
Besides, chances are that the so-called charity displayed here could be better used elsewhere. If you want to give someone a couple bucks for a meal, don’t give it to the guy in the car behind you, give it to your local food pantry or homeless shelter.