Tithing Part II

Posted: October 10, 2007 in Church Leadership

I have tithed consistently since getting regular paychecks from a business my Dad and I started in high school. It wasn’t because I was super-spiritual or because I had a vision from Heaven I just knew it was the right thing to do. My parents taught us to tithe and they always did, so there wasn’t a whole lot of wrestling with the issue.

Today tithing is a lost art and most churches rely on a few sugar-daddies or sugar-mamas to make it work at their church. It’s not because people aren’t loving, saved, baptized, and going to Heaven. It’s that people aren’t comfortable with the system. It looks like throwing money down a wishing well to take 10% of your income and expect God to make it work. However, the reason it doesn’t many times is because of how people spend the 90%, not because God isn’t faithful. It’s like jumping out in front of car and being mad God didn’t save you when you prayed, “HELP!” You have to avoid wastes of money if it’s going to work.

I wish Christians didn’t approach tithing as they do eating out, buying a jet ski, and going on vacation. When they have “extra” they give, when times are tough, they keep their tithe to pay a bill or two. I wonder if God looks at his church like a Stake House manager. He serves up the appetizer, the best steak, and a great dessert and when the bill comes the patron only give a tip instead of paying the whole bill.

Maybe I’m wrong, but squeaking by financially wasn’t what Christ had in mind for His people or His Church.

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