One of my former coaching clients was traveling with some people in a car, when the subject of tithing came up. One of the people involved had bought a property one year ago for $80,000. Now they are in a position to sell it for $170,000. After taking out the loan repayment and the tax component, she will be left with about $60,000 and she stated that she would “have a great problem with giving the church 10 percent.”
When questioned she related that her church is a very affluent one, and helps the homeless by feeding and clothing them. She also said that if she gives to the section of the church that supports the homeless, then the money would not be tax deductible, but if she gives to the building fund it would be.
The responses from the other three people in the car were:
1) Sorry but I wouldn't give any, as you need to give to yourself before you can give to others.
2) Sorry but I have a great problem with giving to any church as I don't believe.
3) Maybe do not give the $6,000 but give $1,000.
My client was interested in my take on these three options. Personally I think that is the wrong question to ask. I wouldn’t even bother with debating percentages, whether it was tax deductible, or anything like that. I would back up and look at the big issue. And that leads us to the real question to ask:
What kind of prosperity are these three people manifesting in their own lives? You see, maybe they are not qualified to answer that question. Think about it.