Ten or nothing

Remember at Christmas time you had that real awesome gift that you have the expression “I HAVE A PUPPY!!!!!!” I have received that mutt with open arms because someone gave it to me with their free will.

I have a new problem. I dont like drinking coffee anymore. Why? Because of half and half cream. Actually, I lied I do like coffee and I do like half and half cream. What I dont like is the number and the symbol that I see on the box. Thats right, I dont like 10%, not one bit.

Yes, I am talking about tithing. Yes, I agree that tithing is in the bible but do a lot of people know the real story behind tithing? First and foremost, people wouldn’t just tithe their money, they would give their possessions to the poor as well. Where did the money go to? 10% would go to the levities. That isn’t it. 10% would go to religious festivals. But wait, there is more. 3.3% would go to the widows. So in other words, its about 23.3%

So if its in the bible why do I have such a problem with it. I have multiple answers. First and foremost, it is in the Old Testament. They didn’t have free will. Feared Gods wrath instead of appreciating grace. Grace! GRACE!!! We were called to give with our hearts.

Luke 21:1-4 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. Truly I tell you, he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty (or abundance) put in all she had to live on.

What she did was give what she had. It was out of free will. She gave with her heart instead of what she had. I personally believe that for she giving with her heart is awesome. Everyone can get so caught up with the whole 10% idea they don’t realize the freedom they have.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Its about what you decide that is good for you. If you cant afford it, don’t give. I personally can’t but I try my best to give whenever I can. As long as you give with your heart, God rewards you for that.

Colossians 2:14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

In my opinion, one of the most important verse that I have read so far. All the laws that were held against us Jesus took away on the cross. For that, now we have the freedom to choose. Isn’t that cool? I like choice.

I have more problems about tithing. What is the money that people tithe/give used for?

Some pastors use their money for themselves. They would be multi-millionares and preach a false gospel. “If you give your money, you will get back.” Insurance policy? That tells me a couple things.

1. Idolatry – people have this idea that they can get money from giving. We in a western civilization are so much about getting its absolutely disgusting. CAN WE PLEASE GIVE WITHOUT WANTING SOMETHING IN RETURN.

2. Rich Ruler –  Matthew 19:23-24 “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” In other words, its impossible to enter the kingdom of heaven. Its impossible for a camel to go through a needle. IT DOESN’T WORK. They use the prosperity gospel for their own greed. One pastor said “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” I strongly agree. They do more damage than good and it isn’t fair for the less fortunate to struggle for those pastors greed.

3. Morality – They don’t care if you are rich or poor, they would use tithing not only in Western Civilization, but in Africa too. The 10% that  Africans give, how do they get this back? I don’t think thats fair.

I as a Christian don’t want anything in return but I wanna give with my heart. So I ask you this, what is your motive when you give? What is your heart like? Because if you give 10% of your heart, you might as well give nothing. Please feel free to comment. I want to know your thoughts.