I understand that Christian's are not bound by the 10% tithing law as were the Jews (though some Prots would love to be Jews!) Now what is an acceptable amount of money to give to the Church, it being a precept to support the Church. To give you something to go on, I get about $270-$280 every two weeks. So should I be giving $27 or $28 over the course of two weeks?
As a side note, what do y'all think about Prots and their tithing talks? They make it seems as if one can buy the blessings of God for simply giving 11% or more any given Sunday!
I have understood that we are to give 5% of our GROSS income to the Church. The other 5% goes to other charitable causes.
As to how the Protestants tithe, the man who cuts my hair is an evangelical Christian (and NOT gay, btw! ) who has tithed for years. At his church (Assembly of God), he has to provide a copy of his 1040 from the feds, and the church tells HIM what to give. He is very faithful to this--even when he and his wife fell on hard times--his pastor told him to trust in the Lord and keep tithing no matter what. His wife did not work outside the home, although at one point they did live in the apartment above a funeral home and supplemented their income (or had reduced rent--cannot remember which way it worked) by cleaning up the 'wake' room after a showing. They home schooled their two boys, and apparently, it all worked out. He and his family lived simply--in a humble part of town, drove an older car, limited discretionary spending--well, when you don't have much, you have to! They even bought a house!
I have heard from people who tithe (some Catholic churches used to ask parishioners to do this), that they have a deep sense of peace of mind and heart.
I always figured that as long as I am paying Catholic school tuition, that I will tithe of my time (in addition to my monetary contribution), in a sense, since my budget only goes so far! At one point, when all four of my children were in Catholic schools, I was paying out around $1300 + a month for tuition for all of them--this was about 8-9 years ago.
I am down to one child in school, but now I am a widow, so, I have to be careful money wise!
I think the main consideration in to tithe or not to tithe is to be a cheerful giver and not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing!!