A social justice perspective on tithing
It’s that time of year. The summer financial crunch compounds the pain of reduced giving caused by a struggling economy. Church leaders are wrestling with next year’s dismal budget figures. And pulpiteers are charting a course over treacherous terrain: preaching about money to people who keep most of theirs for themselves.
The typical text being considered, from Malachi 3:8-10, is very familiar: “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse. If you do, I will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!”
Preachers know only too well that people are touchy about subjects they feel guilty about. You try to strike…
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