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Top Ten Reasons not the Tithe

I originally posted this list way back on May 18, 2008 when I had a reader base in the low to mid single digit range. Still, it continues to be in the top 5 topics that shows up in Google Analytics under keyword searches. And since, try as I may, I don’t seem to be offending near enough people on this blog, I figured a good tithing post would most certainly do that. Talking about God and money tends to rub people the wrong way sometimes. I will say that different folks have different views about tithing. Feel free to express your opinions here openly. (Like you don’t do that already.) But for me, I honestly believe what it says in Luke 12:48:

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

And while this particular verse does not pertain to tithing in particular, there are many places in the bible that do. I personally think tithing is biblical, and that to trust God over finances is a true leap of faith. Now, on to the list:

Top Ten Reasons not to Tithe:

  1. I’m trying to pay off my credit cards.
  2. I’m not completely comfortable with how the church chooses to budget its funds.
  3. I’m sick of hearing sermons about tithing. It’s like we’re being pressured into giving, and that makes me uncomfortable.
  4. I tithe my time. I work in the nursery/kids church/donut committee every week.
  5. I give to other charities.
  6. I’m confused about whether 10% means “net” or “gross”.
  7. I’m unclear about how the money is spent and where the church tithes their money.
  8. I’m working towards the 10%; I’ll get there eventually.
  9. The church needs to spend money on (insert need here) instead of wasting it on (insert unnecessary ministry here)!
  10. I just don’t see how giving money to church equates to giving money to God. God doesn’t need my money.

    Why You Should Tithe:

    – It’s all His anyway. It’s not about you.