How Should I Tithe?
Question for the Spiritual Father of St Elisabeth Convent
Q: Your blessing, Father. I go to church but I don’t belong to any congregation. Nevertheless, I’ve decided to tithe to the Church. I put my money into a donation box. Does charitable support of a disabled person, who is not my relative, count as a tithe, or does the tithe mean exclusively money for the church, while anything else that you donate is not included in the tithe? Please explain how it works.
A: In fact, God wants our heart, not our money: My son, give me thine heart (Proverbs 23: 26).
Of course, people who go to church often, usually donate some of their money to the church because they know that churches need repairs, there are new church buildings that need to be built, and there are people who work in the church and who have to be paid. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Parishes are supported by donations. That’s why people who can donate something, do it for God’s sake. It is wonderful. The Lord doesn’t like to be indebted so He pays them back a hundredfold, for sure. There are many rich and godly people who realise it. They donate their money to churches.
In this case, you’re an Orthodox person. You go to church and donate some of your earnings to the church – and that’s fine. You also support the sick – and you do everything for God’s sake. May the Lord help you. For this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
January 9, 2019