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My thoughts on Tithing

September 9th, 2009 at 08:56 pm

A good article on Tithing in the 21st century
http://www.gnmagazine.org/issues/gn08/tithe20thcentury.htm


My husband and I have not always been faithful tithers but have been making strides to get there. We have been pretty consistent in the last few years. It hasn't always been the full 10% but we are getting close. When we decided last month that we would start this venture to become debt free I began to debate whether or not we should halt our tithes while we are paying down our debt or continue to give. The next day I was listening to the Dave Ramsey and a caller called in and asked the same question. You can read his view on the matter on his website
http://beta.daveramsey.com/articles/display.article/articleId/daves_advice_on_tithing_and_giving/category/lifeandmoney_church/

In a nut shell, in the bible the only time God says to test him is regarding being faithful in our tithing. In Malachi 3:10 it says "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."

This blessing may not always be in a monetary form but if I can bring peace into my home or blessing to my family by tithing then why wouldn't I.

I grew up in a God fearing home and there were many times when we didn't have enough (money) but my parents were always faithful in their tithing and things always seemed to work out. If it's hard to tithe when you don't make much, how much harder is it going to be when your income increases? We've learned that the hard way.

Sorry to go on with this.

5 Responses to “My thoughts on Tithing”

  1. Personal Finance Student Says:

    I appreciate this post. I have been thinking about the same things. I think people would probably wonder why in the world we tithe 10% when we owe so much. It's because I want those blessings! It can be hard, there is a lot we could use the money for, but I agree with you...it's worth it.

  2. leahb Says:

    thank you!

  3. whitestripe Says:

    an interesting view point. personally i am not religious, but i do understand when you feel the need to do something that brings you peace.

  4. Jerry Says:

    I've been blessed for paying tithing enough times in my life to know that it leads to a positive difference. I can't always describe how it works, but I know that Providence is real and that being faithful is the best insurance policy that there is. In addition, making a sacrifice for others brings rewards over and above the financial results. Thanks for posting this... it is often ignored in financial circles (but then again it isn't >really< a financial principle, is it?).
    Jerry

  5. LuxLiving Says:

    Great post! We've managed to make it to debt freedom while RETURNING the tithe.

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