[quote=Myangel]It comes down to your state in life. Yes sure most people would make more than $10 but they may also have large mortgages that do not allow them to contribute 10%. I have also been told (correct me if I am wrong) that 10% could also make dontaing to up poor charities!
Do you remember the story in the gospel about the “Widow’s Penny”?
*He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:41-44 *
The usual standard for tithing is 10% - I’ll let the Theologians and those in the Magisterium debate about whether that 10% of one’s before tax or one’s after tax income, or whether one can deduct reasonable rents and mortgages from the income subject to tithing. Although a roof over one’s head is obviously a necessity, I just can’t see a huge mortgage as a necessity.
If we realized the great gift of God we’ve been given, we’d do whatever is necessary to scrape together that 10% or something close to it, and we’d do this out of gratitude and so that others might be able to receive the gift.
I have a friend who’s a Secular Jew. Every year she gives some where around 10% of her income to charity. She has a mortgage and other expenses like everyone else, and she’s been doing this for several years. If a person who doesn’t know God can tithe, why can’t those who know Him do so?
I understand that people have situations that make it difficiult to imagine that God would take care of us if we gave money to his Church. That’s the Evil One, and we’ve been listening to him for far too long. Here’s what God says about tithing:
*Dare a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me! And you say, “How do we rob you?” In tithes and in offerings! You are indeed accursed, for you, the whole nation, rob me.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, That there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the LORD of hosts: Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessing upon you without measure?
For your sake I will forbid the locust to destroy your crops; And the vine in the field will not be barren, says the LORD of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land, says the LORD of hosts. Malichi 3:8-12*
When are we going to listen to God?
In Christ, Michael