Manna & Mammon
Daniel Propson on the Wisdom of Giving a Tithe to the Lord
For many years, when the subject of tithing came up, I laid low. Many of my fellow Christians seemed rather uncompromising about it, thinking that every Christian ought to tithe a full ten percent of his income, no excuses.
I didn’t disagree to their faces, of course; they had the Scriptures to back up their claims. I had—what? A few petty rationalizations, at best. I could cite circumstances that would justify withholding a full ten percent (to pay for an unanticipated surgery, for example), but this line of reasoning was no good; my friends weren’t out to deny me my needs. So in the end, the brutal fact staring me in the face . . .