Please Support Us
Money is always a sensitive subject. The same value judgements and hangups we have in our own money beliefs and management follow us to church, too. There’s also the difference between intention and action, and bridging from the former to the latter can be hard.
People sometimes wonder, “Why give money to church organizations instead of other non-profits?” Well, while God doesn’t need our money – he/she impacts people’s lives regardless – the reality is that a church needs money in order to keep its doors open. Expenses need to be covered. Utility bills, staff salaries, ministries – all of these take money.
Reminding Us to be Our Best Selves
It is a very human tendency to want to hold onto the tangible. Life can feel so uncertain that it is easy to grab at things that make us feel secure, and money is a primary way we do that. But the truth is that calamity can strike at any time regardless of wealth. When we share our money – or our time, or our love – we are actively putting our faith in God’s provision for us, trusting that the good will win out in the end.
Not Many People Give
Despite the fact that the Bible compels us to give to the Church, most Christians don’t. Of the 247 million U.S. citizens who profess to be Christians, only 1.5 million tithe. That’s less than 1%. As a society, we’re a little better. But the average American still only gives about 2% of their income to charity every year. (Source: www.get.tithe.ly)
In this way church is a little like public radio – lots benefit from it, but few contribute. Thus the stewardship drives remind people of the value it lends to our lives to have a church community to gather, serve, and give with, and to have a beautiful place to come weekly to recall God’s words and blessings.
“It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.”