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You’ve heard people say it; “all that church cares about is money.” Well their right. I hate to tell you this but all your church cares about is your money. They want you to come to church on a regular basis and give every dime you have. If you will do that then the pastor MIGHT come to see you when you’re in the hospital.
The pastor might come to the funeral home when a loved one passes away if you will give the church enough money. They don’t care that you have needs, hurts or other problems. NO! Oh they might act like they care but it’s only because they want your money. Actually all your church cares about is money.
“Why does the church take up so many offerings?” I’ve heard that question too. The answer? BECAUSE IF THEY TAKE MORE OFFERINGS THEY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING MORE OF YOUR MONEY!!.
Why are they so consumed with getting your money?
- So that the pastoral staff can make more money.
- Because it cost a lot of money to be a member of a private country club.
- Or it could be because they have a goal of having a certain amount of money just sitting around so that the board and pastor can boast of the riches of the church.
Some pastors have a lot of nerve. Some of them actually preach on tithing and some of the really crazy ones do it more than once per year. Why? MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!
Just get over it. It’s always been that way and it’s always going to be that way. Don’t give the church your money. Just look the other way when the offering plate comes by. Or better yet, take about $4 and fold it three times so that it looks like it’s a lot more. Then people will think your actually tithing or giving sacrificially.
Gotcha! I hope that you have figured out by now that up to this point everything I’ve said is….well,…. sarcasm.
Why is it that for some money is important everywhere but their church. I’ve never heard anything so ludicrous as “all that church cares about is money.”
I’m a pastor and I can tell you with total honesty before God that I care much more about the people who are under my care than getting their money. But I also care enough for them that I want them to be blessed. In God’s economy blessings come from giving. At our church we pass the plate two times during our Sunday services. Once for tithes and offerings. These are the funds that go into our general fund and are used to operate the church. The second passing of the plate is specifically for the purpose of paying for a new facility.
We also give opportunity for giving a third time. We don’t pass the plate but there is a point in our service when we are greeting each other and there is a plate in the front for missions. These funds are used to support missionaries who are all over the world doing God’s work.
So we receive money so that we can operate, pay for a building and help spread the gospel around the world.
Here are a few reasons why you should be a cheerful giver.
- Because the Tithe belongs to God.
- Because we are commanded to reach our community and the world and surprisingly enough that takes a lot of money.
- Because operating a church is expensive.
- Because God blesses those who are generous.
- Because it’s more blessed to give than receive.
This week I have had two precious families experience the loss of a loved one. I ministered to them the best that I could (with God’s help). Why? I don’t know how much money they have given to the church. I could find out but I didn’t. I ministered to them because they are part of our household of faith.
Why does your pastor preach the Word? Because, he cares about you, and wants you to grow as a Christian. Why does someone from the church come by the hospital when you’re sick?, Because they care.
I could go on and on but I won’t because this post is already twice as long as my typical post.
I’ve heard people say, “All that church cares about is money.” They even quit coming to church because that’s what they want to believe. Are you one of those? If so, have you quit going to Wal Mart?
You will go to Wal Mart, buy things you don’t need, stand in line to give them your money and then tell them thank you when they take your money.
The church where I pastor is full of generous people. As a pastor I am grateful for them because they understand. The percentage at our church of those who tithes are much higher than the national average. I hope for your sake and for the sake of your church you understand too. Do you?
Now in the spirit of total openness. As a pastor I look at finance reports and budgets every week. I want the people at our church to tithe and give why?
- I want them to be blessed.
- I want the church to be blessed.
Go to church and support your church with tithes and offerings. God will bless you.