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Christians should be the wealthiest individuals on the planet.

If we’re attached to the Author and Creator of all things, why aren’t we receiving incredible business ideas, inventions, and corporations? Why shouldn’t we create companies that can be used to employ more people, create more jobs and meet the tangible needs of those in the communities around us, which in turn can further the Kingdom? Isn’t the most tangible way to impact the immediate community to create our own economic stimulus without relying on the government to furnish the funds?

Give people a job that allows them to tithe. The church receives the tithes they need, and they’re  then able to spend more money doing outreach and evangelism, and in turn, not only does the church grow, providing more money, but more souls are won to the Kingdom. Which in turn produces more tithers, and the cycle continues itself.

Seems easy doesn’t it? IT IS! Yet, as Christians, we have adopted the misguided notion that it’s money that is the root of all evil, instead of realizing that it’s the love of that money that corrupts the hearts of men. We have to learn to control our money and make it work for us instead of working for the money and letting it control us.

Jesus should be our only Lord, but instead, we have fallen into the trap of letting the need to pay our next credit card bill lord over us! We can’t be faithful with tithing 10 percent to God and we wonder why we’re perpetually struggling to make ends meet! Perhaps we should be grateful that He lets us keep 90 instead of asking for more!

Tithing is not a financial issue. Not at all. It’s a trust issue. Tithing says, “God I trust you to do what you said you would do and here’s a token of that faith.” He asks for our money because he knows that is the most valuable thing we could give. He wants to see if our actions back up our speech. If you tell me, “I can’t afford to tithe, I don’t make enough money.” What I hear is, “I don’t trust God to be faithful to His Word and provide what I need out of the 90% of my income that He lets me keep.”

I know many skeptics would say, “But the pulpit is full of crooks! I can’t trust the church with my money when their Pastor is driving a Bentley!”

That is not for you to determine! You are commanded to bring the tithe into the place, the church body, where you worship and call home. If you’re not satisfied with the way the money is being handled, I suggest you keep it moving. What’s more important is that your job is to be faithful to GOD and tithe. Let the church handle it’s business because at the end of the day, the church, and that Pastor will be held responsible, either by the government, but more importantly, by God, as to how they allocated the funds given to them by their members.

So, we don’t like it when our Pastors have nice things and we gawk when they own beautiful cars, luxury homes, and dress with designer labels, but what do you want? Do you want the Pastor to be the poorest person in the church, the lowly, humble servant of the Lord?

Most Pastors I know, have additional sources of income that pay for their houses, cars and suits. They make money from books, tapes, CDs, and additional speaking engagements. Now, there’s obviously a balance needed here, but that doesn’t change the fact that, we, as Christians, can tend to be incredibly double minded when it comes to matters of the pocket.

Especially the pocket that holds the cash.

{For more from Stuart McDonald, check out his personal blog and follow him on Twitter}

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