Ok….so I have a question….feel free to answer it if you wish, why do we-as Christians-feel so hesitant about letting go of things like money? It’s just a piece of paper for pity’s sake! So why do we place so much value in it that we revolve our life around it? It’s a man made object from materials that God provided for us, so therefore it belongs to God not to us. It’s really a pitiful thing. The reason I’m writing this post tonight is because…God has called me to write about this. I don’t believe in coincidences and so…when something happens that most people call coincidences, I call it a message from God. Yesterday evening, my church pastor was talking about giving and financial bondage and today during my spiritual formation class, my professor talked about how it is a Christian’s duty to give, so I honestly believe that tonight, I’m called to write about a topic that may be touchy for some of us, but who am I to disobey God?
Now…there’s a shocking statistic about giving in general and I will list them below.
1. America is the most generous country in the world.
2. Only 2.5% of Americans give to an organization or on a regular basis to the Church
3.Only 5 % of Christians give to an organization or on a regular basis to the Church.
4.Of that 5% of Christians, 80% of the money that the Church gets from offerings are from 20% of the members.
5. The mean income of Americans in general is anywhere between $50,000-70,000.(U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey)
Now…..with those things in mind…..let’s have a look at this scenario and what’s wrong with the fact that only 5 % of Christian Americans give on a regular basis. What’s so hard about giving??? You may think that I know nothing of financial burdens, of financial stress but brothers and sisters, I do. I know what it’s like to be so freaking poor that sometimes all I had to eat was a freaking bologna sandwich, and one slice at that! To be so poor that luxuries that most take for granted(like air conditioning in the house for example) had to be done without so that we could get food. Now, I’m not saying my life was terrible because I never had want for food or shelter. I never wanted much to begin with anyways. Now I’m on my own in this world as a single college student. I’m paying my way through College with no help from my family. I’m in debt to student loans and I’m currently working a minimum wage job that I absolutely hate. I have to pay my own phone bills, I have to pay my own car payments, I have to pay for my own car insurance and do without a lot of the stuff that I want or like to have. Point is…I know it’s tough. I know that there are many other people that have harder times, that have kids to feed, spouses to support, and bills to pay. However, if a College student whose income is less than $20,000 with mostly the same bills and concerns a single man might have to worry about in addition to the fact that half of my income goes towards missions God has called me to can give to those in need and think of others, then so can anyone that have the ability to earn money. Oh and by the way, being Deaf, I promise you, it’s a heck lot easier to just go on Disability and be too lazy to work and make good money on Disability but that’s just what’s wrong in America, I refuse to be part of the problem. I am disappointed, disgusted, and sad at the fact that some Deaf Guy and a broke one at that, can give and give happily but those who have means and ways either refuse to give or have convinced themselves that they do not have to give because of-insert lame excuse here- or whatever.
It is pointless to worry about money, it’s just a freaking piece of paper that man has randomly given value to because coins were too heavy and outdated. Plus…the Bible tells us that we need not to worry, because God will take care of us. God will clothe us, feed us, and help us through this little thing we call Life. God takes care of the birds of the air and feeds them, are we not much greater than the birds of the air? God takes care of the flowers, meeting their needs and helping them to adapt over time if the climate changes and dresses the flowers more beautifully than any woman on her wedding days and believe you me, I’ve seen breathtaking women on her wedding day. Are we not that much more precious to the Lord than flowers? So why is it that we worry about money? Why is it that we allow that worry to prevent us from giving to the Kingdom of God. If you are struggling with giving and you truly desire to be a follower of Christ I can give you a piece of advice. Just consider everything you give to the Kingdom of God as a contribution, you know that the Kingdom of God is going to be the most amazing thing ever, it is going to be far more fantastic than any man-made structures, than anything Man could ever even begin to conceive. The more that you give to the Kingdom of God the more you will get back from God when it comes the time for all of us followers of Christ to go to Heaven. The same is true for work, the more work you put into the Kingdom of God the more you will get back from God himself! Also…you know the stuff people like? The nice cars, the iPhones(i honestly don’t see what the big deal is), the Xbox 360(favorite thing ever) and all that stuff. That’s all temporal, that will be destroyed when we die, that will not be taken with us to Heaven, this is especially true with Money. Money is temporal, money is, in all honesty, the worst freaking idea Man has ever had. We have killed for it, we have sinned for it, we have denied God for it, we have defied God for it, we have such a long list of evil things that we have done for Money that it is honestly only beneficial to Satan if we place money as the object of utmost importance in our lives. That’s why I don’t give a flip about money. I can be happy on just 20 dollars a day, that gets me food and there’s plenty of other things I can use to meet my daily needs. But…you know what? Even though 20 dollars a day only amounts to $7300 a year, somewhere out in this world of ours, somebody sure wishes they could even make $1000 a year.
Point is….just give. It’s what we are supposed to do. It’s how we can make the world a better place. It’s how we can make God proud and I want y’all to help me out. Help me to make God proud, give some money to the Church, let go of those change that you don’t use to Habitats of Humanity( they have a box to drop change in in most restaurants), give a gift to Compassion International, actually tip waitresses and barbers, they live on that stuff (I work in a restaurant and I know that most people are stingy and it don’t matter if it’s the best service in the world, some of y’all are too tight to give a freaking tip, I truly hope you change your ways, that type of stinginess pleases Satan, just saying!). I promise you…you won’t miss the money because it’s impossible to out-give God. So..My brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage you to loosen up that grip on your money and just take a step back and realize….that by being such a tightwad, having a vise-like grip on your coin(or paper for the modern times) Satan is doing a jig as he sees that Project Greed is a HUGE success. Spit in Satan’s face and tell that lying snake “I don’t need this for myself! I can be doing better things with this!”
Now…I hope this has gotten to some of you and touched your heart and motivated you to go and make that change to being a more Giving person. Much love and peace out.