Money Help for Christians lists 4 Christ-honoring reasons you may need to give less as follows:
- Care for your family
- Poor giving theology
- Testing God
- Not to be a burden on the Church
While I think the author has good intentions, I'm on a different page for the most part. How? Let me count the ways:
1. My giving (at least my tithe) comes off the top. It's gross income * 10%. After that, all other expenses are paid. It's not that giving is just another line item on a long list (though I do have "offerings" in addition to the tithe that are down the list) -- it's first on the list. The above appears to say (in a couple places) that giving is down the line a bit.
2. I disagree with his thoughts on "testing God" from Malachi. I believe that is still a viable verse for Christians today.
3. While I do agree that care for your family and not being a burden on the church are times you may need to pull back giving, I want to recognize that the sort of situation where a person needs to choose between feeding his family and giving is in the minority. By far. What is most likely the case is that people's "needs" include a whole host of technology, a new car, the latest clothes, and the like. Again, this doesn't describe everyone. But far more people don't give simply because they over spend, not because they can't afford to feed their families.
So, that's my take on the above. What's yours?