Friday Tidings
10/24/17 at 06:50 PM 0 Comments

Give More, Christians

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Where did we get the idea that it’s the government’s job to take care of the poor?

Not from the Bible: “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20

And from the Apostle Paul: “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10

Perhaps the War on Poverty, launched during President Johnson’s term, made it easier for Christians to trust the government to help the poor.

How’s that going? Abysmally.

Our nation’s schools have a large percentage of students coming to school hungry. It’s time for the church to get back to serving the poor.

But it won’t happen because as believers we no longer tithe enough to pay for food and operate the programs in our churches. According to Relevant magazine, Christians only give 2.5% per capita.

If believers across the nation collectively increased their giving to 10% it would amount to $165 billion.

Imagine how far that could go towards alleviating our nation’s poverty and hopelessness.

Imagine the community building our churches could offer through mentoring, tutoring, and providing basic needs for the poor.

Imagine how far $165 billion could be spent under the watchful eyes of our faith communities and applied directly to the needs around them.

 Will it happen? Not as along as we choose not to give. It’s not as if God hasn’t directed us in his Word.

And it’s not as if God hasn’t promised abundance if we do: Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10

In an ever-increasing materialistic nation, we have short-changed our tithes and offerings to provide more for ourselves. But Jesus warned, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:2.

Our heart should be for the poor, in our own nation and beyond. American Christians have the resources to make a difference. Let's trust God and take him at His Word: God will give you enough so you can always give to others. Then many will give thanks to God for sending gifts through us. 2 Corinthians 9:11.

In God's economy it comes down to this: Would you rather be wealthy or blessed?

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