Thursday, December 10, 2009

Don't Talk About Money

It’s a common complaint in churches; “all they do is talk about money.” Granted, there are some pastors who talk about it too much and it’s a turn off. I get it. But most of the time when such complaints are aired, it is not true. Most churches don’t talk about money too much. In fact, they probably don’t talk about it enough! More accurately, the people who complain about ‘money talk’ probably aren’t giving a penny to the work of God themselves and are therefore offended when this topic is talked about – even at a ‘first mention.’

The brutal truth is people who complain about the bringing of tithes and offerings are (most often) those who are guilty of violating it. For instance:

  • If I teach about adultery, who gets upset? Those doing it, that's who.
  • If I teach about immorality, who gets upset? The immoral.
  • If I talk about the sanctity of marriage, who gets upset? Those living together without being married.
  • If I talk about moral purity, who gets upset? Those who live impure.
  • If I teach on the subject of dressing modestly, who gets upset? Those who dress seductively and show too much skin, that’s who.
  • And if I teach on financial stewardship, who gets the most upset? The selfish and those who don’t understand the joy of giving.

People who find it easy to complain when money is talked about reveal by their complaining that they lack a spirit of generosity. Misers are miserable and it shows. Covetousness is a sin. Sometimes you just have to call it for what it is.

Generous people, on the other hand, do not squirm or complain when this topic is addressed. Why? Because Christ has been formed within them resulting in a spirit of generosity. Godly people don’t get upset when tithes/offerings are talked about any more than they will get upset if adultery is talked about! Why? Because they are living right – that’s why.

Our goal at PCC is NOT to make everyone feel good and get a free pass on this challenging BIBLICAL requirement. If that were our objective we would end up filling our church only with dead weight and selfish babies – consumers, not contributors. Our goal IS to challenge people to grow up in God. To do that we have to teach the whole counsel of God’s Word, and, like it or not, giving is part of discipleship.

"For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you."
Jesus Christ....... Luke 6:38

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