Meet Pastor Rob Wegner of Granger Community Church.

He has a novel approach to stimulating the economy, at least in the Church – share! He understands everyone these days are regressing to an infantile state stinking up the room in their diapers shouting, “Mine!”

But according to this story in the Christian Post, Pastor Wegner thinks the only way to get out of this mess is to do something completely different.

“What’s common is to say ‘it’s mine.’ What’s uncommon is to share,” Wegner told hundreds of Christians at the second annual Generosity Conference, hosted by Community Christian Church in Naperville, Ill. “We live in a culture [where] there’s this hidden curriculum that’s taught day after day – that you are what you own,” Wegner said at the one-day event this past Saturday.

Art Imitates Life. Nice.

Art Imitates Life. Nice.

Citing statistics all too familiar to pastors across the country these days, Wegner reminded people to you know, tithe.

I know, I know. But if Barna is right, and only “9 percent of all born-again adults gave 10 percent of their income to churches and charitable groups,” we have MUCH room to improve folks.

According to Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action, if Christians all tithed, it would result in an additional $143 billion to what is currently being offered. Half of that additional sum could educate and provide healthcare for all the poor in the world, Wegner pointed out. “And we’d still have $70 billion left over just to spread the good news of Jesus Christ,” Wegner highlighted.

Staggering. What’s even more moving is that number of 9 whopping percent will probably decrease in lieu of this economy. Yet, the world will continue to look to faith-based organizations for benevolence in times of crisis, and like the Savior they worship, will continue to be benevolent despite those who give them the Heisman.

There isn’t a bailout coming for churches, so maybe Pastor Wegner is on to something here. We don’t have to give until it hurts… but a little sting wouldn’t kill us, would it? It’s not like we are going to stop using technology and become Amish. Well, expect for the Amish, but they are off churning butter, so they are not reading this article.

We have to act together, act soon and act often in order to help the Body of Christ become healthier, smarter and wealthier.

Nothing seems to unite denominations these days, so perhaps this economy will?! Miracles never cease, you know.

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Comments
  1. hisscrivener – in the words of everyone lemming who condemns our blogs:

    Don’t hate…congragulate!

    Just kidding brother 😆

    Trust me, if you were in the ATL, you’d have a seat at the table…maybe you could organize an outing in the Metroplex? We do travel, you know 😀

  2. Looking forward to the story gcmwatch, over a “big ‘ol piece of pecan pie” 😉

  3. gcmwatch says:

    ST, wow that would be a looooooooong story. But lets say I am reforming/transforming. Im not quite sure where that will take me but its a very interesting journey thus far.

    I will elaborate more when I see you.

    Blessings.

  4. Good point gcmwatch. I’m curious (and I’ve been meaning to ask you this on my blog) how do you handle “tithing” within your congregation – as a pastor who is “reforming” as you mentioned previously.

    I know you are laboring in teaching your congregation about sound doctrine, and I often wonder how your reformation is being accepted among your sheep.

  5. gcmwatch says:

    Ummmmm let me marinate on this one.

    The early church did have all things in common (because of the sharing principle) but that was only to benefit the body. What sider seems to be proposing is a form of worldly socialism. Im not sure Im for that cause that’s the government’s job to provide (within reason) for its less than fortunate citizens.

    And I already tithe to the government (taxes anyone?) so Im not willing to give up anything else.

    Hope that doesnt sound selfish.

  6. I feel you, brother – believe me I do.

    We’re on the same page. I’m just still working that WOF garbage out of my system, and I (guess) I still harbor sensitivity toward the subject.

    I’ll be writing about “first fruits” soon – you may want to ban me for a few weeks because I suppose I’ll be venting, again.

    Keep up the good work over here…

  7. hiscrivener says:

    I think we are saying the same things, just in different ways.

    I feel you. We should – and I do – give as the Lord leads. No numbers, no rules. Just a servants heart.

    The problem is less than 9 percent of this nation ignore that leading because they are thinking of the bills, worried about feeding the kids or whatever else isn’t necessarily giving to the storehouse.

    Maybe the analogy is big government – you know, not trusting the people it watches, but demands a little service anyway. I pray for the day when folk will truly be the “cheerful givers” found in the Bible. Because right now, it seems when Christians write that check, frowns run-a-muck.

    And that, to me, is upsetting. I’m pretty sure you feel the same way, although you may phrase that differently too. 🙂

    Peace, bro.

  8. Until then, folk need to tithe because the churches need to stay open.

    I disagree, brother. People should give as the Lord leads, not give 10%.

    We’ve got to change the semantics and stop focusing on a fixed amount. Just give what is purposed in the heart.

    Peace brother…glad to be welcome at “the Wall”.

  9. hiscrivener says:

    ST,

    I concur, and that’s after years of study too. You are right about the Mosaic law. People had to tithe, because there was nothing left to show allegiance save sacrifice. It was necessary. It was crucial. It was law.

    Now, it’s salient to know the tithe keeps the church doors open. But, like in so many other circumstances, the nuts run the asylum and have pimped out the tithe to make a means for them to rock the Bentley and the bling.

    Shameful.

    People wouldn’t have to tithe, if they would just give. Malachi teaches grace, but also obedience. If giving was ultimately left to opinion, can you imagine how low that 9 percent would be?

    People need laws. But more importantly, they need passion. That is where education is received and determination is earned. Until then, folk need to tithe because the churches need to stay open.

    As for me and my house, I’ll give until it hurts me… not others.

    Peace, my brother. So glad you stopped by.

    HiScrivener

  10. OK brother. Hear me out on this.

    I agree that we should all Christians should give – especially since we serve a God who gave His Best, and His Son’s gift allows us to live without the penealty of eternal damnataion.

    I disagree that we should all tithe, as I contend that the tithe is misguided, ill-taught, misunderstood tax heaped upon a Church that was delivered from the law. As you know, I wrote an exhaustive article (ok…rant) on this subject recently. We should all be encouraged to give but it should begin in our hearts. We should pay worthy elders, for the advancement of the Gospel message, and for the needs of those around us (in our homes, communities, and across the world). When we assign a fixed percentage as a minimum <em(e.g. the “tithe” which means “tenth”), then we re-introduce the law. Further, look at your example from the article:

    According to Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action, if Christians all tithed, it would result in an additional $143 billion to what is currently being offered.

    Sider has noble intentions, but he’s counting money in other people’s pockets – and surmising an amount based on the non-applicable law of the tenth. Why couldn’t he just say “if Christians gave as purposed in their hearts and directed by the Holy Spirit…”? I’m sorry if it seems “nit-picky”, but I have been under the pimps thumb regarding the lie of the tithe, and I can’t ignore what God said about the tithe in His Word, particularly that we are no longer under the law that prescribed tithing in the first place.

    Should we give? ABSOLUTELY – whenever, where ever, and to whomever the Lord directs us to. Should we continue to try to keep a law that doesn’t apply to us (unless we are Levitical priests or Jews who lived prior to the Resurrection of Christ)? ABSOLUTELY NOT. In fact, we should stop using the word tithe because we do so incorrectly – the word alone means that we are to give a fixed percentage.

    God makes provision available for those in need. We should pray according to His will and allow Him to lead us in assisting His people. When we assign a fixed percentage, we don’t trust God so we instead perform to the minimum set. Just as the Feds assign a tax because they don’t trust citizens to voluntarily pay towards the function of government, the church assigns a tax because they don’t trust the sheep to give as the Lord leads (and many pastors want a guaranteed income flow to pay for their lifestyles as well).

    OK – my rant ends here…

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