Tithing ten percent is one of the mosaic laws
Could you live on 40% of what you make now? What about 30%? How about 20%? OK, let’s talk it all the way…could you live on 0%? I’m guessing you dropped out at the first question…unless you’re rich. And if you’re rich, you could possibly hang in there all the way to the 0% question. Right? After all, 10% of 40 million dollars is still in the millions, and if you can’t live on that, you’re spending is grossly out of control. I shared all that to illustrate how tithing ten percent, as a Christian, shouldn’t be on your radar. Why? It’s like this…
…you’re under grace…not the mosaic law.
Simple as that. A Christian is under grace, and tithing is under the law. If you’re a Christian, you should not want to “turn again to the weak and beggarly elements“. Those elements are what you were under before you knew, and were known by, Christ. Anybody can tithe ten percent. That’s a simple matter of mathematics. Even unbelievers do that. But if you’re gonna do your best to keep that law, you’re required to keep all the mosaic laws. Can you do that? No one ever has. Can you?
If you’re a generous person, and I hope you are, give out of the fullness of your heart. Not some numerical calculation. Tithing ten percent is not required of a Christian. If you can afford to give away 90% of your income, and if you’ve determined a wise and discerning way to do that…with prayerful consideration, then do it by all means. But let’s say the government determines that the wealthiest Americans should go back to paying a 90% tax rate. Could you still afford to tithe ten percent? Well, that’s where the 0% question comes back. How would that work for you? You’d have to make some serious adjustments wouldn’t you?
The awesome news is…God thought these issues through. He knows, much better than any preacher or televangelist, how giving should work. Take some time and read through Deuteronomy 14:22 – 15:11. You’ll find tithing principles you’re not likely to ever hear inside the walls of the average church. Then read Galatians all the way through. You’ll discover a feeling of liberty. Paul wrote how we should use our liberty to serve one another. We’ve been given the freedom to do so…not by government, but by God. I believe, when you study these passages, you’ll want to leave the bondage of tithing ten percent for the liberty of serving and loving your neighbor.
Will you read it? If so, let me know what you discovered.