I read this and thought I would pass it along. It’s an interesting approach to giving and the church:
Why do you tithe to the church? I asked the group. Some people cited the inherent need to be generous. Others said that they contributed money to the work of the church out of a sense of gratitude for all the good gifts that God had given them.
“I give out of defiance,” said one young businessman.
“Defiance?” I asked.
“Yep. When the plate is passed and I put my money in, it’s my little act of defiance. I put in about fifty hours a weeks in my business. Most of my life is consumed with making my business work, in getting more money for my family and me. So, when I contribute, it’s my clinch-fisted way of saying, ‘You don’t have all of me yet. There is still ten percent of me that’s free, that belongs to God rather than the world.’ I know ten percent isn’t a whole lot of money, but it’s a start. Real change, great, revolutionary events begin in defiance.”
As you think about you’re giving to Clemmons UMC at the end of 2015 and for 2016 consider the following charts:
If everyone would step on one level, it would make an incredible difference as we continue to make disciples, reach out to the community and world, and transform lives. I wonder what it would look like if we all gave as a small act of defiance in the name Jesus?
Please take time to view this video that was shown in church this past Sunday: