This week, I'm listing some more objections and concerns people have expressed about tithing.
My own church doesn't tithe, why should I?
Most of the members of my congregation don't tithe.
I don't tithe because I don't like what they do with the money.
The tithe is just a ploy to get money into the Church.
These types of questions and comments really expose one issue---trust. As a church family we are to trust one another. Too many Christians have difficulty trusting their leadership, their finance teams and even other church members. Finally, they have trouble trusting God. Ultimately, they end up trusting their wallets more than they trust God. (Mt.6.24)
I have heard of only one person who ever live who was perfect. The rest of us are flawed human beings. Because we stumble and make mistakes, does not mean we are guilty of malfeasance. Do you really want to emulate those who complain, are lazy pray-ers, or indifferent or rebellious? It may be easy and comfortable joining these nay-sayers, but is that what our Lord wants? Only God knows the true nature of our hearts and your church and its finances. Pray earnestly for your church and its finances. If something has to be changed, trust Holy Spirit. Rely on Him. He will change every single thing that He wants changed.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. (Pr.3.5)
Let's get out of our own way, Church. Pray and seek the Lord. Give grace and ask Holy Spirit to help you renew your trust, change your heart and give you peace. He will always be there for you. Present your tithes to God and bring them to your local church.
Until next time.
Love in Christ.