Posted by Lambchop
There are many Christians who tithe – they pledge an amount to give to their church or faith-based organization of choice and every week month, or year and donate with the understanding that the money will be used to further God’s kingdom and to assist the church (or para-church) with whatever missions it is undertaking. Similarly Jewish folks tithe to their synagogues for the same reasons. Tithes are typically 10% of your gross income. Some pay more, others less, but we are instructed to be cheerful givers.
Most Christians and Jews who tithe also tend to give additional funds to other charity organizations as well. Some contribute upwards of 15% to 50% of their income to worthy causes.
I am always interested in the financial records of candidates running for elected office. Not because of what they earn, but because of what they contribute.
Many times, I have been disappointed – this year (particularly in the Senatorial and Presidential election field of candidates) is no exception.
As a conservative who tends to support Republican candidates, I am frankly a little shocked at those candidates who wear their church affiliation on their sleeves, speak of volunteerism ; and, at the same time, preach the values of smaller government, limited governmental intervention, that government is not charity and of self-reliance…and yet….they do not personally tithe.
I am the first one to preach self-reliance and limited government and believe whole-heartedly that government tax dollars should not be doled out to the citizenry as charity – that is not the proper role nor function of government.
However, I do see a huge gap between the current group of conservatives seeking office and their willingness to “put their money where their mouth is”.
As a society, how will we transition to care for the elderly, the sick, the poor who do TRULY need a safety -net? What about single parent households? What about our veterans’ children and widows? If our leaders are not willing to contribute more than 0- 2% of their personal income to help others, how will we as a nation ever dig out of this mess caused by the social welfare bureaucracy paying people to remain unmarried, have more children and avoid seeking employment?
A very wise Pastor (Rev. Dr. Dave Peterson, Sr. Pastor at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church) once said to me personally, “If every Christian tithed, there would be no need for (government) social services in this country.”
Here is his view on tithing:
If we do not step up as an example and we do not demand that our leaders do AT LEAST what we are doing – we only have ourselves to blame.