money money money
Do you ever wish we could go back to the barter system??? LOL i hate how so much revolves around money......I wish there was a way to give everyone free healthcare (no im not a socialist) supply all hospitals with newest technology give police depts latest forensics tools and supply missionaries with all they need to carry on their work in unlimited supply.... but no money just isnt easy like that.
Tithing is a tough subject..... the OT is filled with references to its importance and how it demonstrates faithfulness to God.....the reality is though tithing belonged to the OT!!!!! The NT doesnt require it giving, in the NT is just based on being generous as God has been generous to us,.,,,,,, I believe one word used by paul is actually translated...... *hilariously* as to how we are to give and our attitude in doing it. This hits home more to me lately as my church is going through a budget crunch and tough choices might need to be made. We are a very small church have been many years now and the giving has been the same for last 3 years. Determining how to challenge the congregation to give is tricky without coming across as using guilt or manipulation each person needs to have it be their own decision based on how they believe God is asking of them and a tithe isnt it!!!!!
i am curious as to any thoughts you who read this have. Money is one of the biggest dividers in the church sure wish it was a much easier thing to handle. Just my ramblings for now.