We watch a video like this and we hope these men are caught and get what they deserve. Who would steal from a Christian charity? Who would dare steal from God?
The truth is we steal from God all the time. The worst offenders are Christians.
The Barna Group, a non profit organization that provides statistical information to the Christian community through research, reports the amount of giving to the Church by various peoples. Barna reports that overall, giving to religious organizations represents about 2.2% of our gross incomes. Let’s see how that compares to Christians who give.
Christians should know that we are to tithe to God. A tithe is one-tenth of something and is the amount (or percentage) recorded in the Bible that God’s people are instructed to give. Out of born again Christians, 7% tithe. Instead, according to Barna, “The amount of gross income donated by born again adults to their church averaged 3.8%.”
Is not tithing stealing from God? Christians are to look at that question this way. Everything we have comes from God. We don’t pay God for his love or blessings. First, God doesn’t need our money. Second, God is not for sale. We are giving back to God 10% of what is already his. If we have the means to tithe and don’t, then we are stealing from God.
When we don’t give to God we are demonstrating a lack of faith and trust. God wants our faith to grow. God has a strong desire to prove that we can trust him. In fact, giving of our resources, is the only area of our lives where God allows us to test him. Here’s what God says:
“Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, "How are we robbing you?" In your tithes and offerings! You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me-- the whole nation of you! Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing”. ~Malachi 3:8-10
Call me mad, but when I look at the declining membership of the Church today, I can’t help but to think of that 3.8%. If we earned 3.8% on our savings and retirement plans we’d go broke. Why are we surprised that the Church is going broke too; with money and with people? Perhaps it’s time we put a little more faith into our home churches.
For the Barna article, click here.