Transparency in Giving

Transparency in Giving

Timmy didn’t want to put his money in the offering plate Sunday morning, so his mother decided to use some hurried creative reasoning with him.

“You don’t want that money, honey,” she whispered in his ear. “Quick! Drop it in the plate. It’s tainted!”

Horrified, the little boy obeyed.

After a few seconds, he whispered, “But, mommy, why was the money tainted? Was it dirty?

“Oh, no dear,” she replied. “It’s not really dirty. It just ‘taint yours, and it ‘taint mine,” she replied. “It’s God’s.”

We laugh at the joke where mom was teaching an important lesson to her kid. As silly as the mom’s strategy, she’s right. It taint ours. It’s Gods.

One of the most uncomfortable sermons a pastor can deliver is one discussing tithing. In a church that boasts transparency (which is nearly all churches), why is it so difficult to discuss the idea of tithing? Let me tell you because money is difficult to come by for most and it’s difficult to part ways with, even if we believe and understand the biblical truth of tithing.

Since we’re being honest. I too have struggled with the biblical way of tithing. This past week, I was reflecting on our own giving realizing that I’ve allowed the enemy to speak lies to me regarding what’s true about tithing. I’ve justified my giving of a lesser amount to my home church because I give to other non-profit organizations (Yes. Even ministries.) However, I felt the weight of God speaking to me this week about how my justification on how I’ve treated God’s resources hasn’t been biblical and that I need to remember what it means to be good stewards of God’s resources.

However, I felt the weight of God speaking to me this week about how my justification on how I’ve treated God’s resources hasn’t been biblical and that I need to remember what it means to be good stewards of God’s resources.

In churches around the country, the average church receives tithes and offerings from less than 5% of its congregation. Individuals that don’t tithe may have a justified reason behind why they don’t tithe or why they tip the church rather than believe in what God can do what the resources he gave you in the first place. But whatever the reason is it possible that you were like me. Believing I was justified in my giving because I provide resources “to God’s ministries” and not “God’s church” that I’m directly apart of.

The church is a place, to be honest. Be real. And have difficult conversations around difficult topics. Maybe you struggle with the idea of tithing and have your own perspective. Please share it and let’s have a real conversation inspired by biblical truths so we can all learn to grow together. Were you like me or do you have your own reason for tithing or not tithing? Share your stories below.