The downturn in the economy has had a profoundly negative impact in almost every household in America. But the lack of giving also speaks volumes about the church. It seems to say that, instead of tithing from our first fruits (That’s “Christianese” for giving off the top), we give to God out of our leftovers. Which says something about how we view God, doesn’t it? As wiser person than me said, “Show me your checkbook and I will tell you what is important in your life.”
Since the denomination I serve perennially comes in near last place in comparative giving, we obviously do not stress tithing. Okay, that wasn’t true. We not only don’t stress it, we don’t mention it. It has been my experience that Jesus spoke a universal spiritual truth when he said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 NIV) Until our hearts are invested in God, we will continue to struggle with our giving.