Whether you simplify, ignore or embrace it, the time of year is upon us that exemplifies the co-existent beauties of giving and receiving. Our desire to know that we are worthy of receiving (love, redemption, gifts of the heart…) nudges us to want to give equally.
When based on Christ-like love within the heart, it’s true that charity never faileth. But the word has come to mean so much more in a world that thrives on monetary transactions. Donating to the poor and afflicted is the most commonly accepted form of charity, and the best way to quickly help remove economic inequality (at least for the short term). But how does tithing relate to charity? Is this all that God expects us to do with our money for others?
How do you view tithing? Do you consider it charity? Do you consider it a commandment, or more of a suggestion? Do you donate in other ways and to other organizations besides the church? Why, and in what ways? Please take this opportunity to share (anonymously if you wish) your views of tithing and charity and how they relate to each other.