The whole issue of tithing is interesting in Christian circles. I made the decision earlier this year to give my money to God’s work in a different way. Instead of giving money to my local church I decided to split it between World Vision (sponsoring a child) and TEAR (providing for whatever project is in need with a general monthly donation).
I moved to a new town at the start of this year and it took me a while to find a church to go to. In the mean time I was thinking about what I ought to do with my money if I want to use it responsibly. I can’t think of a better way to use my money than to help the poor and the vulnerable.
James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Jesus was always on about helping the poor, the widow, the orphan, the alien.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my money. I am at peace with my decision and I feel that God will honour the resources I am giving to bringing his kingdom here on earth. Whilst I know churches here need money to survive and function (and pastors need to be supported) I feel like this is a better use of my money at this stage of my life. We in the west have plenty of money (although I know churches here wouldn’t have plant of money if we all did what I’m doing), and I feel like this is a good and right thing to do.