You push your cart up against the conveyor belt.
She asks for your bonus card.
You give it to her.
She swipes your food.
You stop texting.
Swipe your plastic card.
“Thank you, have a nice day.”
“Yes you too, thank you.”
Rewind. Somewhere between the cell phone, the debit card, and the employee in the green apron; the cash register, conveyor belt and profusion of polyethylene bags, there is a human. She has a name.
Much like the machinations surrounding her, she has a capitalistic purpose: assist you to an efficient, accurate and cordial check out at the grocer. Make you happy. Feed your ego. She was trained to do what the machines were designed to do.
But. She was not designed like the machines. She was formed in the womb, threaded together like a masterful quilt, mathematically perfect, scientifically phenomenal and artfully magnificent; not by man but by GOD Himself and guess what—He didn’t design her to be your ego-satisfying button presser.
Due to the magnificent theology of the Christian faith wherein all people are so formed by God Himself that we are commanded to love the stranger, the poor, and the enemy… commanded to be humbled daily by the poverty of our own failing hearts…
…Wherein we believe there was a Garden before there was a Fall and therefore believe there were humans before there were Corporate Androids at the McDonald’s counter…
Don’t treat people like machines. Put your phone down and ask them how they’re doing, using their name. And mean it! Ask them how much longer they have on their shift. Make a joke about the weather. When you’re done, be sincerely grateful for their service to you. Look them in the eye and smile when you speak.
Disciples of Christ are called to crucify their idols. So crucify your ego. Crucify the efficiencies of capitalism; crucify androids and then ultimately resurrect children of God.
gen. 1.26, 27