January 21, 2009 by currbell
The neighbours made this while most of us were snowed in yesterday. Isn’t she pretty?
“The tithe simply is not a sufficiently redical concept to embody the carefree unconcern for possions that marks life in the kingsom of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all our goods, not just 10%. It is quite possible to obey the law of the tithe without ever dealing with our mammon lust. We can feel that our monthly check to our church meets the new law of Jesus, and never once root out reigning covetousness and greed. It is quite possible to tithe and at the same time oppress the poor and needy. Jesus thrundered against the Pharisees, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin and ahve neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglection the others” (Matt 23:23).”
“No doubt you noted that Jesus did not condemn the tithe as such:”These you ought to have done, without neglicting the others.” The tithe is not necessarily evil; it simply cannot provide a sufficient base for Jesus’ call to carefree unconcern over provision. It fails to dethrone the rival god of materialism…Perhaps the tithe can be a beginning way to acknowledge God as the owner of all things, but it is only a beginning and not an ending.”
Freedom of Simplicity-Finding Harmony in a Complex World by Richard J. Foster