Here’s Part 2 of this little mini-blog series on how we do things at Awaken. If you missed Part 1 on Bible teaching, check it here.
Here’s today’s – a touchy topic for many, but not for God!
Did you know that the church of Satan uses tithing in the Christian church to draw people to Satanism? Yeah. Sounds crazy right? Well, to get involved as a member of the church of Satan (not that any of you are considering this…hopefully), there’s a $200 membership fee. Sound steep? They’ll tell you it’s cheap compared to Christianity, which requires 10% of each paycheck! The problem is, they have it all backward. To them, it’s money that’s due – it’s an obligation. For Christians, giving to the work of the ministry is an opportunity, a joyful form of worship. At least, it should be.
If you attend a service at Awaken, one thing you’ll notice is that we won’t pass an offering plate. In fact, we don’t own offering plates. The only plates we own are paper ones that we use for putting a burger on at a BBQ! Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with an offering plate…or bag…or bucket, I just don’t prefer it. I grew up in churches that passed the offering plate and took up a formal offering each service. My dad was often an usher – one of the dudes that got up during worship and passed the plates around. It’s a very valid way of collecting the cash, we just don’t do it.
Instead, we provide 2 ways to give at Awaken:
1) in the wonderful brown wooden boxes (thanks, Hobby Lobby) located in the church building for people to drop cash, checks, money orders, coins, $1000 bills…or whatever you choose to give, and
2) online giving (available for one-time or recurring gifts). It’s really simple.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.