In our postmodern world, churches are seeking to find ways in which they can reach out to the unchurched. They will go to many lengths to become relevant and be involved with the people in their communities.
One church in Seattle had begun handing out pizza at several neighborhood schools. No tracks. No speeches. No sermons. They would simply hand out two slices of pizza to any student who came for the free meal.
But this caused one more mess.
The Washington Times reports
Members of the Bethany Community Church in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood have been handing out free slices of pizza once a week just off campus at the Nathan Hale, Ingraham and Roosevelt high schools, a local ABC News affiliate reported.
A spokeswoman for the Seattle School Districts told ABC News that it was “OK” with the church’s mission, but a union representative recently left a voicemail with the church saying it was costing people their jobs.
With the lunch ladies making so much of a stink about the pizza giveaway, and at least one threatening phone message, the church acquiesced. They have switched the giveaway to after school.
But it seems that this victory was not enough for the union. They want to make clear that they will not tolerate any competition. They, in full bully fashion, let the church know they would retaliate if the church did not hold to its word.
The Times continued
“We are presuming honesty on Pastor Nick’s part that they will stop serving during lunch,” Mr. Westberg told ABC News. “If they don’t stop we will be picketing.”
In a flier published by the International Union of Operating Engineers titled, “What god hurts innocent people?,” the union accused the church of “luring” students off campus with “junk food,” MyNorthwest.com reported Wednesday.
Hopefully, the students and their parents will see how unions operate with fear tactics and threats. These people should be ashamed of the way they act, but we should not be surprised.