The New Testament is full of commands to take care of widows and orphans. These folks do not have a man of the house to do the work needed for food and shelter. The church was responsible to see to these needs. The people of the church faithfully gave their tithe, which provided the services within the community. By doing this, the ministers were able to share how God lovingly provides for them. God wants all His children to have their needs met. He uses us, as His hands and feet to help and encourage others. Galatians 6:2 states “carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”.
We have come a long way since the days of the New Testament. With the increase of people and the selfish nature of our hearts, we have stopped relying on God and turned to the government. I can understand the overwhelming need of helpless folks and leaders wanting to solve the problem. Men meet and discuss the current issues with reasonable solutions and we have a government. When church folks begin to limit their tithing, the government steps in and says “you will pay us so we can help everyone”.
We are giving out of fear of Uncle Sam’s punishment instead of giving out of gratitude to the God whom gave us everything we have. God’s cycle includes giving us life, health, family, job, monetary value so we can give back to Him. Giving with a grateful attitude gives us blessings in life, health, family, job, and monetary value. Governments cycle includes some giving portions of their monetary value so it can be given to those who are not able to contribute to the system. Yet, we continue to give to the church as well as fulfill our government obligations. We keep up the laws of man and God; “do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14-15).