Tithes, as I’ve been taught, are an obligation that is preordained and followed through on willingly. Some ‘churches’ though forget the willing part and blatantly state to not give at least 10% to the church, the believer will go to hell and not be saved.
It has been interpreted (by some people) that a believer is to give 10% of their gifts to God (to the church) for the growth and support of the church. Some interpret it that individuals are to give 10% back to the community, be it through the church or through other community service means. Some say it only deals with monies; some argue the 10% can be a combination of time and money.
I’m not going to use this forum to justify or not justify any of these interpretations but to incite your own personal reflection on what tithing means. I will say that I interpret the principle of tithing to be with free will giving of what one has been gifted with (time, money or belongings) to others. I am also a proponent of the philosophy that if we returned to the principle of the bible, giving gifts (which include food, clothing, monies, and other day-to-day needs) and allowing the churches to be the provider of societal needs and removing that task from the government, all would be better off.