Tithes and Offerings: It’s My Money
I recognized the purpose and importance of returning my 1/10th back to God. Even when I am not in church, I have to return my tithe. However, sometimes when I am writing my check (yes I still use checks) to my church there is a moment of “why the hell am I giving away money and I don’t know where it goes?” It seems harder to write that check to the church than to pay bills. I think it’s because we have all heard of pastors and the upper echelon of the church getting rich off our hard earn money. This idea floats in my mind that this is what is happening to my tithe. The way I reconcile this issue is that the Lord asks for this return and whatever the stewards of the money do with it then they will have to answer to God.
My twist on tithing: A few years ago, I decided to help out two trusted family members who really needed it by opting to give my 10% to them over the period of a few months instead of to the church because I could not afford to do both. I figured God would understand