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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

OK, so DS is 7, we are a Christian Household and my husband and I tithe faithfully.  We recently have started to discuss the subject of tithing & offerings with our son (he brought it up).  DH was brought up in a Christian Household (same church we attend now), I was brought up in Lutheran and Jewish households.

 

So here is my question, do you expect your child to tithe 10% of money he is given as a gift (i.e. Christmas and Birthday money)? 

post #2 of 9

If YOU give from gifts given to you then I would teach DS to do the same. 

 

I teach my kids that giving is more then dollars and cents. So that might mean giving a toy away to kids that don't have. Or inviting someone that you might not other wise invite to the party. And so on.

post #3 of 9

I am pretty basic when it comes to tithing and would teach kids to pay tithing on gift money as it was how I was taught, but I love Nazs' ideas!

post #4 of 9
Yes. Some money must go to the Church and/or charity. We're low income right now, so as a family we actually don't tithe a full 10%. We make up the difference through volunteerism and ministry, because you can tithe more than just money; you can tithe time. And mom and dad will offer "interest" on money our children choose to put in savings. It's important to us that our child(ren) know(s) the value of time and money well spent,
post #5 of 9

Actually, you are not under ANY Bible command to tithe no matter what your Priest or Pastor

says...

At no time were first-century Christians commanded to pay tithes. The primary purpose of the tithing arrangement under the Law had been to support Israel’s temple and priesthood; consequently the obligation to pay tithes would cease when that Mosaic Law covenant came to an end as fulfilled, through Christ’s death. (Eph 2:15; Col 2:13, 14) It is true that Levitical priests continued serving at the temple in Jerusalem until it was destroyed in 70 ., but Christians from and after 33. became part of a new spiritual priesthood that was not supported by tithes.—Ro 6:14; Heb 7:12; 1Pe 2:9.

 

As Christians, they were encouraged to give support to the Christian ministry both by their own ministerial activity and by material contributions. Instead of giving fixed, specified amounts to defray congregational expenses, they were to contribute “according to what a person has,” giving “as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or UNDER COMPULSION , for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2Co 8:12; 9:7) What a sad burden some churches put on their people.

compare Micah 3:10

post #6 of 9

Whoops! I meant Micah 3:11

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

My question was not really about whether to tithe or not, since we believe that it is part of our obedience to G-d.  It was more a logistics question.  We usually give gifts for birthdays and Christmas, and part of getting new gifts has always been to give old or not used toys to charity.  It never occurred to me to ask him to tithe on the value of a lego set, but recently he has gotten interested in Mindstorms, so he saves up for those purchases, which for the first time involved asking for cash in lieu of a gift.  We opted not to ask for tithe on that since it was not an earning.

 

To the PP - G-d loves a cheerful giver, to me that is a comment on my attitude when being obedient, not a way out of giving.  If you ask your child to take out the trash, and he complains, stomps, and carries on while doing it it conveys a very different message than if he says "yes ma'am" and gets up and does it.   Tithes do not have to go to a church, they can go to feed the homeless, and take care of those less fortunate, which was originally a duty of the temple.  FYI - most Jews tithe to charities and pay membership dues to synagogues.

post #8 of 9

Thank you for the clarification. It just didn't seem that that is what your original question was.

Peace.

post #9 of 9
I don't make my kids tithe out of gift money, but allowance - yes. I do agree the 10% is old covenant, so they can choose how much pleases their heart to give but there's nothing wrong with 10%, its ok to base your tithe on that as long as your not doing so with the wrong heart. In my own personal opinion tithing time and minisry is more of an offering to God. So theres tithes *and* offerings.
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