What would you do Wednesday!
This week’s ethics post is inspired by Dave Miller’s recent post The New Testament Standard of Giving at SBC Voices.
A couple from church have been missing for a few Sundays. You wonder where your friends have been so you give them a call one Sunday afternoon.
Your friends tell you that they have been struggling financially and have not been able to give 10% of their gross income; their tithe. They have fallen on financial hard times. The economy is down, the husband took a pay cut, the wife was injured in an accident and is unable to work.
They are $300.00 short every month from being able to pay their tithe. In other words, if they pay their full 10% they will be $300.00 short of paying their bills. So, they’ve stayed home as they struggle trying to figure out if they are in sin for not tithing. They are also debating on finding another church.
You know your pastor is strong on tithing in the church. He preaches that Christian should give 10% of their gross income.
Surely, you think that he would be understanding about this couple’s situation. As a friend, you schedule a lunch with your friends and the pastor – hoping to help counsel them through and ease their worry.
At lunch, the pastor says that despite their circumstances the couple needs to trust God will provide and give their 10%. He tells them if they give that God will provide the extra $300.00. If not, they will continue robbing God and be in sin.
What would you do?
- Encourage your friends in agreement with the pastor.
- Disagree with the pastor and challenge him with Scripture.
- Agree with the pastor, but ask him for some grace.
- Disagree and tell the pastor you will be finding a new church along with your friends.
- Ask for full disclosure of all the pastor’s records to make sure he’s paying 10% across the board.