Hey everyone! Hump day is steadily approaching. As Tuesday ends, I wanted to discuss a topic that I’ve thought about for some time. I’ve battle myself with how feel. Hopefully, commentary will help us all understand the severity for today’s topic of discussion. Today, Katie texted me and asked my opinion on tithing. My granny tithed monthly. We were dirt poor but she considered tithing a biblical obligation. Our priest would sometimes return her checks because he knew that we needed the money. She kept giving. She gave me the task of placing the money in the basket as the ushers came to our pew.
Many people think of the mega churches and rich TV evangelists when discussing tithing. Embezzlement, greed, and lavish living are often things that come to my mind when I think of tithing. Yet, I remember my priest, who returned my granny’s checks because he knew her situation. While the people in the church can and will be flawed, God is not. Since my granny’s death, my church dedication has declined. Don’t get me wrong, I love the lord! My faith hasn’t faltered, my participation in the church has. Years of catholic doctrine drowned me. I needed a break to figure out what I believe. Yet, I am pro tithing- to an extent. Give what you can. Intent is important. Giving large amounts to the church, sitting in the ore 3-5 days a week doesn’t make you a Christian. One’s lifestyle does. My granny kept giving, despite needing the money. God blessed me too much for me not to give back. Through time, I’ve been told that the appropriate tithing amount should be 10% of your income. I give whatever is on my heart at the time when I go.
Currently, I am in search of a church home. Church community is like none other. A few weeks ago I went back to my home church, and the welcoming that I received warmed my heart. I needed the money that I tithed but i gave it anyway. I had faith that God would keep me. Without specifically mentioning how he carried me, I will say that the blessing I received was triple would I gave.
Note that I’m not saying to tithe with the expectation of receiving. I’m simply saying that I was blessed after stepping out on faith.
Martin Luther, led the rebellion because the abuse of tithing in the early church. In 2015, I’m still trying to figure out the proper protocol for tithing.
What do you all think about tithing? Do you tithe? If so, How do you decide how much to give?
Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Until next time,