Old Testament saints offered God a tenth of their increase, known as a tithe. Abraham gave Melchizedek, priest of the Most High God, a tenth of the spoils from his victory over the Mesopotamian kings (Gen. 14:20). Jacob, Abraham's grandson, promised to give God a tithe of his possessions if God would grant him protection and blessing (Gen. 28:22). The law of Moses made tithing mandatory for the people of Israel (Lev. 27:30-2; Deut. 14:22-3). Malachi, the last prophet during the Old Testament era, rebuked the nation for neglecting the tithes that God had required (Mal. 3:8-10).
Can you imagine a world where we all paid our tithe? The amount given to the local churches and the impact on our local communities would be huge. Gone the days of government ran social programs bloated with bureaucracy. A state mandate of paying your tithe would promote social/moral order.
The next time we as Americans look to the state for assistance be it emergency aid relief, uninsured/health care issues, and other social plights, turn to the church. The church that has, and rightfully so, burdened many of these social plaques. Look to the church to fill the void of compassion all to forgotten by state run facilities when dealing with these constant issues.
God gave us all our freedoms we currently hold for granted. Was it not God who gave us our freedoms Including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness? I ask why do we (as a whole) feel compelled to pay our taxes to a state for its civil services(which to a point I agree) yet often disregard the provider for the "blessings" he has given to us through his Son?
When selecting a presidential candidate for 08, please keep in mind we need a president of strong moral character. Are we to judge these traits of rhetoric or action? Why vote for a candidate that demands increased government activity when dealing with social welfare?
Always from an objective point of view, we like to discuss these and more matters here, in an open, non-discriminatory forum.
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