If Christians were More Christian

Weekend Musings

As I dig out from under a pile of relocation paperwork I ran across this quote from 2006.

“If Christians had given a 10 percent tithe to their churches in 2004, instead of the actual 2.56 percent, there would have been an extra $164 billion. And if churches spent $70-80 billion of that on missions and humanitarian works, the basic needs of every person on the globe would be provided.”
——(Source: Relevant, Nov./Dec. 2006, p. 30)

I don’t know if the last part of that quote is accurate, the part about all the basic needs being met. But it is sobering to think about the difference that $70-80 billion could make around the world if Christians gave more sacrificially.

It’s not too late to start. Pray about what part God wants you and your church to make in the name of Christ for the people of of your community. This season may be a window of opportunity for the church to show the world the love of Christ in ways that truly reflect the greatness of our Savior.  


3 thoughts on “If Christians were More Christian

  1. My instant, maybe uneducated response to this is 1) I know Christians give more than is reflected in church balance sheets, and 2) if churches saw that increase in income, would they really spend it on missions, care, and humanitarian works? Maybe they would, but it could be a sign of disillusionment with ‘church’, not necessarily a problem with generosity and overall giving. Maybe if churches led with missions as their goal rather than with the leftovers, Christians would respond to that.

    Just playing devil’s advocate and reading it another way.

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    1. Definitely part of the picture. But only part. Disillusionment with how churches spend their budgets, lack of vision in churches for how to impact the world, and a host of other issues might be legitimate reasons to not give to churches but don’t kid yourself. Christians, with all of the rest of the giving they do outside of their churches, do not give more than they give to their churches. This means that even in the best case scenario, Christians are still giving well below 10% of their income to causes that benefit others and the gospel witness.

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  2. I am unsure if the last part is true either, but I know in God’s math it would be. Think about this yearly, if Christians just gave what He has called us to. People would look to us for the answer and we would point them to Jesus. When America delt with the great depression, it was no surprise to God. He chose to work through His people His church and we chose to hand it over to the government. Many have said the task was too big and it was not possible for the Church to met all the needs, I disagree. Hard, yes very but who called us to meet those needs, God did, and really it was He who would meet the need, He just wanted to use us to do it. To do what He always does and go through His people.

    We chose no, so the government started to do what it is not and never will be equipped to do, care for the people. Now here we are many years later and the issue is not taken care of, it is worse. We are the ones that He has chosen to show Himself to the world through, His people, we are the only ones that can take care of this and are called to take care of this. Then take into account that we want to build big buildings and programs with the money that is given instead of serve the community. That is another issue and still part of the big problem.

    Debt still equals less freedom, if a body of believers is enslaved to a building debt how can they have the freedom to obey, We cannot and never will be able to out give God. We choose to compete with each other instead of actually working together, another issue. If those who are called by God would start with giving 10% of their money,(really God’s money He has loaned us) and 10% of their time, our hearts would be overwhelmed with what God would do through us. And the 10% is just a start.

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