By George Bullard
Should we forget tithing? Is it passé? Does it set up an artificial target on which too few people actually agree? Tithing seems like an obvious principle–10 percent of your income–yet too often it becomes a negative point for confusion, rather than an experience of positive passion for celebration.
[See my previous article Does Anybody Really Know What Tithing Is? Does Anybody Really Care?]
I know that for many people tithing is a non-negotiable biblical principle. Many who feel this way are from the Silent or Builder generation, with fewer coming from the Baby Boomer generation. Less agreement, I suspect, is found among the younger generations called Baby Busters and the Millennials.
Tithing can also be a restrictive cap on financial discipleship. It can set up an arbitrary goal you seek to achieve, and when you arrive at the tithing finish line you declare your race over. Now you can rest. Now you can put on your Pharisee clothes and be proud that you are not like those non-tithers.