Why Do We Give?
Ben Stroup shared an interesting discussion that he recently had with a friend about giving and whether there is a difference between giving to a non-profit and giving to a church. Reading the conversation I have to admit that it bothered me because whether I like it or not, many in this country believe that there is no difference, and the giving patterns of congregations back that up.
For as long as the local church continues to not talk about money in an attempt to not offend people people will see the offering plate being no different than the Heart Association’s appeal letter. The problem with this is that tithing is a spiritual act… an act of worship. This act of worship calls us to give of our first fruits. If we give our first fruit to anything but our God we are practicing idolatry.
Now, don’t hear me saying that we should not be giving to organizations outside the church… I think we should be generous to those causes that we are passionate about, but I also think that God deserves our first fruits. The local church needs to be looking at generosity as a mark of a Christ follower and teaching stewardship as a part of the discipleship process instead of cowering in fear at the mention of talking about finances from the pulpit.
What do you think?