The housing crisis is causing people to evaluate their budgets in unusual ways. A friend in the mortgage business sent me this story and it raises some important questions. My first instinct is to be really proud of the article and the fortitude of those who refuse to “rob God”.
“Housing counselors say they often have to bring up the issue of tithing to borrowers who are struggling to keep up the payments on their homes. They say tithing is a sensitive topic, considered to be a mandatory item by many homeowners; but many of those who faithfully give 10 percent of their income to their church are in the lower income brackets. Some borrowers have been willing to give up their homes rather than stop tithing. “For those people, a contract with God is worth more than their home,” says Roger Oldham, a member of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
So, there are some folks who are making the decision NOT to buy a house because they refuse to exclude the local church from their budget. This is honorable and right, no question from me on this one.
This brings up another question though… When forced to choose between “a contract with God and a Contract with a bank” what decision honors God?
Do we have a “contract with God” related to tithing?
Please comment, I suspect that we will have opinions on both sides of this arguement.