posted on Feb, 28 2010 @ 10:46 PM
Hi ...I hope you don't include all churches in your assertations that tithing is a racket. The church I grew up in and attended for 38 years had a
pastor that worked a public job. The money paid to him helped cover his costs of driving across three counties to visit sick and distressed family
members, at home and in hospitals.
I agree with most of your ideas, but remember, there are some good churches out there too. Our tithes cover the costs of our church... heat, lights,
materials and lesson books... they also cover portions donated to local missions, rescue and emergency relief missions...some of which are at work in
Haiti and Chilie as we read this. We support local kitchens, a food pantry, a local charity that provides the needs of families and single parents. We
help support a local relief charity which retrofits distressed homes, provides furniture like beds, cribs, stoves, heaters, etc.
Our pastor is retired and serves our church...for a small salary. He is also compensated for gas. He should be paid something... try answering phone
calls at 3am because someone is on the verge of dying, and driving 60 miles one way to the main cardiac unit in the nearest city.
Like you, I question the intent of churches that put so much into windows, gyms, paved parking lots. But, there are some good churches out there...
please, don't just label an entire religion or faith or effort because of the trash. There is good and bad in any group, even churches... the Bible
Remember, Jesus said in Matthew 7: I will not answer to everyone that calls my name...depart from me, for I never knew you.