6:1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Okay I was wrestling with this text the other day after reading a quote that says “Christians give more than non-Christians”! My first question is how is this known? So anyway I started to look at plant churches, missionaries and many organizations and each of them gives this disclaimer “All contributions are tax deductible”. So here are the questions.
1. Would you give less if there were no tax benefit?
2. Are we ignoring Jesus’ commands by ensuring that we provide this disclaimer?
3. Do you believe we would rather give to an organization that has tax benefits than give to the needy directly?
4. Would you plant a church without this status and trust God to provide anyway?
5. Are we writing the Holy Spirit out of the equation?
6. What do you think is going to happen when the government starts regulating what we can and can’t say and effect our tax status based off of these regulations (I promise it is coming)?
7. How did the first-third century Church survive without these exemptions while still paying taxes?
8. Are we to give to our churches and let them start programs? Is the “chruch” the new storehouse?
The reason I ask is because it is much easier for me to give to an organization with a tax exemption status versus a needy person. I would much rather lower my taxable income versus give to a neighbor or some needy person God has put in my path! Why? Well I don’t want to pay taxes (I would rather break even or even get a return) and I would like a small refund. But I believe that there are many needs that go ignored due to this.