Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth (Ps.50:2).
The church urgently needs to take up its Biblical responsibility for caring for the needy. Largely because of our abandonment of Biblical law, this has been a point of serious neglect for generations, but this must change.
The growth in Social Security around the world in this time reflects this. Everywhere in the West, governments confiscate vast amounts of money from the taxpayers, ostensibly for the poor. Yes, the poor get some of it, as do the bureaucrats who administer the distribution of the monies, but Social Security has nothing to do with Biblical charity. It has everything to do with political manipulation of the electorate, under the guise of charity. And the community (with the tacit endorsement of the church) accepts this.
Everything about this will ultimately have to go, but nothing can go unless there is a great change of attitude in the church, beginning with the tithe being given to the church. You can’t replace something with nothing, especially when the “something” is a massive bureaucratic system that has become entrenched in the community over generations, leading to the confiscation/distribution of billions of dollars, annually.
The tithe should be the backbone of the church’s funding. Not only is it for the payment of ministers, but it can and should be used to assist in all manner of charitable works: the poor, the widows, the fatherless, the orphans and the aliens. These are the 5 community groups frequently identified in the scripture as being worthy of our care. Christian faithfulness in this regard will be the first step in taking up responsibility for the true needy in the community.
How blessed is he who considers the helpless; the Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble. The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, and he shall be called blessed upon the earth (Ps.41:1-2).
Of course, there will be resistance to tithing. Some may say, “I’m paying so much money in tax, and you want me to tithe?” Well, we’re paying so much money in tax, because we haven’t been tithing. Because of our disobedience, God takes His tithe in the form of greater taxation, and our crying out about that is merely a fulfilment of what God said would happen:
Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day (I Sam.8:18).
Quite frankly, our disobedience in relation to the tithe has led to us being dispossessed by God, and the only solution to this is our repentance and humble obedience to the Lord. And He has made promises about this:
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows (Mal.3:10).
Jesus Christ wants His Name to be lifted high in the earth, by a willing and obedient church that understands its responsibilities before Him. One vital aspect of this is the provision of legitimate and responsible charity throughout the community, which begins with caring for God’s people but extends beyond them, to others as well.
And the Biblical pattern is this: responsibility precedes authority. Thus the church as His people in the world, must be prepared to get down and dirty with people and their problems, in a God-honouring way. The faithful giving of the tithe to the church will be the first step to the restoration of Biblical charity in the world, for then the church will be empowered to do a great amount of good.
But it all starts with Christian responsibility, and the tithe. Are you ready for that?