Written by: Reverend Elaine Johnson
For those of us who are concerned with the matters of our nation I’m going to write a series of messages based on Biblical principles and how they affect the economics of our nation and Christian individuals. The underlying theme in all my writings is:
- God’s laws work whether you believe in them or not. (Romans 8:28) Any attempt to ignore God’s laws, whether they are creational (related to the created order) or moral, will be met with judgment. The law of gravity works whether you believe in it or not. Try jumping off a building.
Let me get a touchy subject out of the way because it has to do with your money, or is it your money? The first response to this issue is usually negative because of how man has used or misused resources throughout history. History tells us that colleges and universities, self-help agencies, orphanages and hospitals were begun by God’s people. Over half of our founding fathers had the title of Reverend. Even those founders who are said to be otherwise have God as the basis of their writings. Much if this is not taught in our schools today. One tactic that is being used today is to marginalize the history of God in our country. Therefore, without dependence on God we must depend on the government. A government who openly declare this is not a Christian nation when 78% of Americans say they are Christian. 1% of our country is Muslim. In the math I learned in school 78% is larger than 1%. With this kind of math it’s no wonder government is not a good steward.
I urge you to read history in the original context not in the watered down version that has been taught for decades.
In this first message I’m going to speak about finances. So much of what we hear today has to do with paying our fair share. Yet 47% of American citizens pay no share at all. Fair? Our nation is moving quickly down a path that many believe embraces a growing government and decries American exceptionalism and the free market that gave America the status of the greatest nation ever. A blessed nation. A free nation. Ronald Reagan said, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
Margaret Thatcher said it best: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money [to spend].” Where is the incentive to work hard so that those who don’t work or who receive so many credits, rebates, etc, don’t pay any taxes but receive the fruits of your labor?
2 Thessalonians 3:10 (New International Version) 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
One of God’s most neglected commandments is the requirement to tithe. I’m going to present this subject first because if followed there would be no need for any further writings. Our failure to tithe leaves the church of Jesus Christ without a financial base to carry on God’s kingdom work. Is there any doubt by the reader of this message that the state of the world is a direct result of individuals who have put self before the Word of God?
There is no way to battle humanism’s (Humanism: a world view that begins and ends with man. All of life is interpreted by and for man. Since God is discounted, man now rules independent of any higher being and is responsible to no one. Independent human reason becomes the standard for authority.) destructive effects unless Christians develop and financially support institutions to train future generations of Christians in the “whole purpose of God”.
This means investing in the kingdom of God to counteract effects of anti-Christian policies that seek to make the state the ultimate provider. In order to finance our fast growing government taxes are levied against the people. As we lose control of the use of our money (God’s money) through taxes, power and authority are lost with it. With higher taxes, the state controls more and more areas of society that biblically belong to individuals, families, churches, and voluntary organizations which should be supported by the tithe and free will offerings.
In reality there is no way to avoid paying the tithe. Either we will pay it to God with a willing heart or to the state through coercion. The heavy tax burden that most citizens must bear relates directly to the failure of most Christians to pay the tithe, and their reluctance to assume responsibility for supporting programs that seem outside the context of spiritual activity. As the people of God gave up their God-ordained responsibilities in the area of education, disaster relief, charity, loans, and care for the poor, the state assumed them. As they were assumed by the state there was less need for the tithe. Because the ‘stewards’ of our taxes are not biblically oriented the tax bite has increased year by year and the misuse of our taxes has increased year by year.
The tithe also diversifies power and authority. Because of man’s sinful nature he is prone to abuse the power given to him. Our taxes go to one huge bureaucratic agency (IRS) making the funds available to Congress and non-elected officials in federal agencies. If those in power deny the Constitution they are sworn to uphold, the taxpayer loses control of their money.
The tithe is not paid to a single agency. It is paid by many Christians who belong to many local churches, in many locales, to many worthy agencies that support the work of many kingdom activities. If a church is not using the tithe biblically, then the tither can remove his support and seek another worthy work. The taxpayer has no such freedom.
God tells us that failure to pay the tithe is tantamount to theft. Malachi 3:8.
Stay tuned for Part 2:
Here’s an excerpt from Part 2 taken from R.T. Kendall: Tithing is the solution no one talks about. Solution to what? Answer: many more problems than we have thought. If every professing Christian would tithe, every congregation would be free of financial worries and could begin truly to be ‘the salt of the earth’ (Matt. 5:13) If every Christian would tithe the church would begin to make an impact on the world that could change it. The church now is paralyzed. Tithing Christians could make a big difference.
Scriptures to review:
Luke 19: 12-28
Jesus Christ is our Hope
Reverend Elaine Johnson
2 Chronicles 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.