I really think I need to stay off of social media.
For me, it does nothing but fan flames of certain issues. I know I am a clergyman, but I can still give my input on things. I am usually careful whom I follow on social media, especially those who claim to be Christians.
However, a heated debate broke out about tithing and peoples’ remarks started getting more and more anti-Christian. If you look up the word, it literally means “tenth.”
The Old Testament said to give a tenth of your crops to the temple. The Mosaic law required a tenth of each person’s income for support of worship.
The New Testament does not really say any particular amount to give but, it does say to give. One example is 2 Cor 9:7. It says, “ Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
In the online discussion, the people on the page were trying to say that to say God wants us to tithe is to call God a liar. I guess they never read the Bible, or maybe they are just cheapskates who don’t want to be bothered to give to their Church. I wonder if they realize that electricity isn’t free, neither are the Bibles or chairs.
The Church I attend would be what I call the true definition of a Church. First of all, the Pastor takes NO salary. Not a penny. That in, and of itself, is an excellent start. Do you know the average salary of a Pastor these days? I do, between $76,000 and $105,000. I didn’t know it was so high until I looked it up.
Our Pastor gets paid NOTHING. 99% of all the money our Church gets through tithing goes back out to the community. We provide full course Thanksgiving dinners to any family who asks. We contribute to a health clinic who gives other options to teenage mothers who do not involve abortion. We help many others in many ways. Why does ONLY 99% of what the Church gets in donations go back out? Well, The Pastor does work for free, but the electric company doesn’t.
Pastors should be paid. Most pay thousands of dollars to attend seminary. It usually isn’t free either. A lot of Churches provide housing to their Pastors and some maybe a car, but there are still many expenses everyone incurs.
Remember all the Pastor does, and it extends past a sermon on Sundays. When someone winds up in the hospital and a relative calls, he goes to the hospital to minister to the person. If someone is unable to attend services the Pastor visits with them. Any of those things and numerous others means the Pastor must be on call 24/7. I know I called a Pastor I had many many years ago at three in the morning because someone I loved was in the hospital. He went there to minister to them and ME.
I think people should think about these things before they try to say we shouldn’t tithe. I really don’t think they know everything involved in keeping a church going.
Thank you for reading this and God bless you.