Touchy Subject - Tithing
I read a post that Ed posted on the Money Saving Tips Forum tonight and it really struck home to me. I left my church last fall after getting more involved in politics than I should have. I found that they were more interested in a dollar than what I cared for. The big issue was not helping others or the children of our church but whether the church was attractive and attracting high dollar tithers.
I prayed that God would lead me to somewhere that I could grow spiritually. Soon after, I got a church's mail in my PO Box at work. I took it as a sign and attended the Sunday Service. The minister preached on tithes really heavily that day and I left with a heavy heart. I am not saying it should never be preached on but there are people who need help rather than give help in every church in our area. We live in the boondocks.
I went to several churches during the next few months and then my fil got sick and I quit trying to find the right place for me. This summer I attended church with my sister several times but the spiritual feeling I was hoping for wasn't there.
I'm sorry I probably got sidetracked. This week that minister from the church where I got their mail showed up at my door asking me to come back to their church. I have been having a really hard time in my marriage and my life recently and wondered if this is a sign again. You don't have to determine that.
My sister says that one should give exactly 10% of the household income to the church that you attend. My husband never attended church with me very often and his income is the largest portion of our household income. I always gave 10% of my income plus more of my time than I probably had to give. I also think that tithing comes in form of helping others that need help with money and time.
Am I way off base?