IS TITHEING A COMMANDMENT, CHORE OR IS IT A JOYFUL OFFERING OF PRAISE?
Melanie S. Hunley
LEAD 3200 Communication Concepts
2012 May 22
Thesis sentence: Is tithing a commandment, chore, or is it a joyful offering of praise? Outline:
2.The reasons Christians do not tithe.
a.Fear of not having enough money.
b.Fear of giving money to the wrong place, to the wrong person, or for the wrong reasons. c.Fear of being taken advantage of.
3.The reasons Christians should tithe.
a.God says your tithe is already His.
b.Tithing is God’s method of supporting His ministry.
d.You will be blessed for tithing.
e.Tithing is a continual reminder that God is our provider.
f.Tithing is worship to the Lord.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Act 20:35). It has been stated that less than 20% of most congregations tithe on a consistent basis. 20% of Christians are paying 80% of the Church’s expenses. (Patterson) The church needs to be taught the basic biblical understanding of tithing and how that same understanding applies to today. Why do we not tithe? Why should we tithe? Who benefits from our hard earned money? Is tithing a commandment, chore, or is it a joyful offering of praise? The reasons Christians do not tithe.
“Most Christians would never refuse to do God’s will; it’s just that the timing is not right.” (Burkett, 5) I believe Christians do not tithe because of fear and worry. Fear of not having enough money; fear of giving money to the wrong places, to the wrong people, or for the wrong reasons; and fear of being taken advantage of. Here is what Jesus said about those fears and worry, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’” (Luke 12:22-26). I attended a church where the pastor had been accused of stealing. My sister asked me why I would still pay tithe when the pastor was stealing it. I replied, “I am doing what God asked of me. If the pastor is not doing what God asked of him, he will be judged by God for that.” As part of being a good steward of your finances, you have to give your part and let God do the rest. God will use your money how he sees fit and if the devil steals your money, it is ok. God is still in control and is still honored by your worship of monetary sacrifice. The reasons Christians should tithe.
Why not give back a portion of what God provided you with? “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30) Everything we own belongs to God. God had complete control over us and our environment. We would not have the house we live in, the clothes we have, or any temporal possessions if it were not for God’s blessings on our lives. Therefore, we owe it to worship God with our giving. It does not have to stop at 10 %, but that is where it starts. “Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.” (Deuteronomy 14:22) Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod —will be holy to the Lord. (Leviticus 27:32) This is the scripture which Christians use to determine how much to give. A good indicator of our devotion to God is how much time and resources we put into His Kingdom. The biblical audience knew tithing was God’s method...