I was driving home last night listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio. I really enjoy listening to him and find that his counsel to callers is usually spot on. He is a big believer in tithing and was counseling a caller to pay 10% of their income to their local church. The person then said they were church shopping, but would do this when they found a church they liked. This idea of tithing is familiar territory to us Latter-day Saints ( The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) We believe it is a commandment and that we are blessed by following it.
Now this might seem like an odd thing to post, but I started thinking about how good it is for neighborhoods, communities, towns, cities, states, and nations to have churches where people are taught to try to be better people, to strive to do good, and to love one another. I think I have found the truth in the LDS faith, and suggest that if you are church shopping, to please consider visiting a Mormon church one Sunday. There is probably one closer to you than you think. Everybody is welcome to visit.http://mormon.org/visit
What I started thinking, is that like Dave Ramsey teaches, tithing teaches us to be giving with what we have. We give back to the Lord what is already His. In addition, we help to build churches and make the community where we live a little better. Churches of all faiths do so much good to help the poor and needy. Here is an example: http://ldscharities.org/?lang=eng
If we keep the law of tithing God promises to “open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). I feel good knowing that the little that I donate in my tithes and offerings help to make other people’s lives better.
I hope you know me well enough that you aren’t offended by my sharing my thoughts on religious topics now and then. It is part of who I am.
I think that the world might be a better place if there were more people trying to do good in the world rather than just focusing on themselves. You are my friends, so I wanted to share my thoughts. I’m trying to be a better person. If we all try to be a better person, we can make the world a better place.
Originally posted to Facebook October 15, 2013