I took this excerpt from Tangzine.
Ron Sider, author of the eye-opening book Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger reviews a new book entitled Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money.
The book attempts to answer the question of why American Christians, despite being constantly preached to about tithing 10 percent of their income, give so little to the church and to charitable causes. The sad truth is, committed Christians alone have tremendous buying power and resources to make a huge dent. Sider writes:
If just the ‘committed Christians’ (defined as those who attend church at least a few times a month or profess to be “strong” or “very strong” Christians) would tithe, there would be an extra 46 billion dollars a year available for kingdom work. To make that figure more concrete, the authors suggest dozens of different things that $46 billion would fund each year: for example, 150,000 new indigenous missionaries; 50,000 additional theological students in the developing world; 5 million more micro loans to poor entrepreneurs; the food, clothing and shelter for all 6,500,000 current refugees in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; all the money for a global campaign to prevent and treat malaria; resources to sponsor 20 million needy children worldwide. Their conclusion is surely right: ‘Reasonably generous financial giving of ordinary American Christians would generate staggering amounts of money that could literally change the world.’
———-(below it is me writing)
When numbers get put to theories that I already intuitively agree with I get ants in my pants. Some of my friends read this and feel guilty about not doing enough (ironically most of the time those people already “do” way more than “enough”). Some people slink back under the covers and back to sleep.
Yet some it stokes the cinders of our imaginations and is a breath of fresh air. We understand the opportunity to live it out right here with the people we know with the connections we have, and realize our potential as Universe Changers.
Isn’t it fun to actualize as a Community and see what God can do with the little bits that we have? I think so!