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Spiritual

What is Tithing? How do You Give Your 10%?

Obese Woman
Posted by Tara White on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Recently, I was told if I want to be blessed to tithe. Immediately I thought of the lyrics to the “Tithes and Offering” song that says “If you want to be blessed, Pay your tithes and Offering. If you want More Give to the poor…” If I’m not a member of a church, do I just send my 10% to any church? Do I tithe even if I am living paycheck to paycheck?

What is God’s meaning of tithing? Who should benefit from tithes? 2 Corinthians 9:7 says “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

As a single parent and mother of three, I have limited time and resources. I am a mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and friend. When I am needed and have the ability to help, I do. I am there for those who need me, whether it is a financial need or friendly need. If God had blessed me to help those who call on me in their time of need, I will.

Blessings come in many shapes and forms. Do I feel that God bless me less for not going to church to place 10% of my earnings in the collection plate? No. Do I feel that He bless me for assisting those who call on me? Yes. Whether it is a $20 blessing, keeping my kids and me safe from harm or waking up each morning, I can say I am truly blessed!

When I do for others, it is not because I expect a blessing in return. I do for others because it is in my heart to do so and I am grateful that I can help when called upon. I know what is in my heart and I know my capabilities. I do not feel that not giving 10% of my income to a church, God will bless me less. I have been to churches where after the tithes and offerings were collected and counted, the pastor chastised the congregation for not giving enough or “didn’t make their quota”. People who had to catch a ride with a member because they do not have a car or have no electricity because they could not pay their electric bill were being told to give more. Instead of the pastor saying “Thank you for those who were able to give and bless those who were unable to give.” he said “I’m passing the plate around one more time. Put all you have in the plate and God will bless you!” What!?

When I was a child, my family had a situation where we had to go to the family church and ask for financial help. The pastor told us “Ask not what your church can do for you, but for what you can do for your church.” But this is a man of the cloth who took my grandparents tithes and offerings for years.

So my remix to that song would be, “If you want to be blessed, help your friends and your family. If you want more, help out the poor!”

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