I was having a discussion about charities, taxes and whatnot the other day and the topic of how much one should give to their church/parish came up. While various percentages were being bandied about, someone mentioned that it would be wrong to give money to this or that charity if you’re not giving xx% at church. I didn’t agree with this although a couple others did, with one going as far to say that it could possibly be a mortal sin if you, for instance, gave a regular donation to Save the Bandicoots while only giving 1-2% of your income to your church. Any opinions on the matter?
(For the record, no, it’s not appropriate to be asking your friends how much they give to their church or to criticize the amount. That’s not what was going on in this case and it was almost entirely a theoretical discussion since, as far as I’m aware, of the group of us I’m the only one who gives anything to his church.)