As much as I know about the rise of religion in America, the idea that tithing is a subject of public discussion in a well-respected national newspaper still floors me:
God Is So Reasonable, Only Asking For 10%
November 28, 2007; Page A21
We encourage tithing at our church, not as a legalism, but as a means of grace. Indeed, not just tithing, but what our pastor terms “hilarious generosity,” to the church, to the poor, to worthy God-centered causes (“The Backlash Against Tithing,” Weekend Journal, Nov. 23). Why? First, God is worthy of our best. Giving is an act of worship that, at its best, reflects a genuine response to God’s many gifts to us, including the gift of his Son. Perhaps the proper question to ask isn’t “how much of my income do I need to give to God?” but “of all God has entrusted to me, how much can I justify spending on myself?” Second, the needs are great. It doesn’t take much analysis to notice that small shifts in our own consumption can make a huge difference in the lives of many who are in need. Finally, giving, with tithing as a discipline, helps us unhook from the grasp of our materialistic culture. Give until it hurts? No, give until it helps! God’s grace, our gratitude, generous giving: a recipe for a life of great freedom and joy.
Margaret L. McKinley
Narberth Presbyterian Church
Despite those stellar arguments, I must wonder: Why does an omnipotent God need my money? Is he somehow lacking in resources?
(Via Kelly McNulty Bartle on FRODO)