July 31, 2009

A Tenth of What You See


My wife and I are tithers. We give away 10% of our paychecks split between our local church and charities of our choosing.

However, my wife's paycheck comes to us after having taxes withheld from it, and mine (as a freelance writer) comes to us before we pay any taxes on it.

So, this new work situation for me has made us question if we're being slightly generous now, or if we've been big cheapskates in the past?

On a tithing side note, I recently read an interesting article from a Christian financial planner. He talked about how you see televangelists talk all the time about giving your money away so that God can give it back to you and then some.

He disagrees God makes that claim in scripture. But, he does recommend the practice of tithing to his non-believing clients, too, claiming that his clients who tithe run into financial problems less often. Except he attributes it to the fact that those who tithe are acutely aware of their budget, and therefore are more able to stay within it.

7 comments:

Micah said...

I tithe as well. God's blessings don't always have to be miraculous. Be it more financial awareness to tithe or good karma. Just because we can explain doesn't make it any less of a blessing.

Anonymous said...

Tithe Gross not NET! The govt taxes on Gross so we should give to God from the Gross too, isn't He better than the govt

LizM said...

Yes, the tithe comes from the gross income. We tithe between our church and various charities. God has blessed us richly since we began tithing. I am a big believer in "Give and you will receive".

Eric Olsen said...

micah, thanks for visiting again. i like your Weezer song title post on your blog.

Eric Olsen said...

I recommend "Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices" to anyone interested in where our modern-day church practices come from, including tithing, communion and other church customs.

The chapter on tithing convinced me that someone adamant about obeying the letter of the law would follow a couple of annual tithes along with a tri-annual tithe, making the magic number way higher than 10%. Then again, what law are we currently under? The book is a good one for making you think.

Braden said...

We tithe also (on gross) and have been very blessed because of it. And I agree with Micah, we have a choice to give God credit for the benefit it brings to our lives.

We also fast once a month and donate the money we would have spent on food for the day.

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