Joyful, Sacrificial Tithing
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If you’re reading Gather Little by Little, odds are that you may come from the Christian perspective like Gather Little by Little. This is a personal finance blog, so I have a question for the readers: Do you tithe?
We tithe 10% of all of our job related income. We do this out of honor to God. There is a great debate in the Christian world about whether or not you must tithe 10% of your income (tithe means tenth, by the way). Some argue that the Law of Moses is no longer in effect after Jesus, and thus tithing is not required. Some argue that you should give out of joy. Some preachers even tell their congregations that if you don’t tithe you won’t be blessed by God. (Which for the record, I completely disagree with…)
Personally, we give 10% because we want to. Contributing to our church is very important to us — we love attending, we love the mission. I do have to admit, from a secular point of view it doesn’t seem logical. We could double our extra mortgage payments if we applied the 10% we tithe. Instead of paying off our 2nd mortgage in 4.5 years, we would pay it off in 2.5 years. As nice as that would be, we choose to tithe. To us that isn’t as important as honoring God and supporting our church’s mission. It really is a sacrifice for us.
I would encourage secular folks to see tithing to church as they might contribute to a non-profit organization. Why do you support the arts, or cancer research? I’d guess the reasoning is similar: you want to support the mission of the organization.
Do you tithe? If so, why?