Today I was driving home from a friend’s house and I passed by my old church, which I attended for about 7 years. The church itself is less than 15 years old. As I drove by, I couldn’t help but notice the orange cones blocking the entrance and the newly paved parking lot.
I’ve recently driven through this church’s parking lot, before this new pave job, and I have to tell you, it was slightly bumping but completely driveable. My question is, how much does it cost to repave a church parking lot? And I ask this because in the Old Testament believers are taught to give a tithe, or 1/10 of their earnings/first fruits. First fruits meaning, you give 10 percent before taxes get taken out. The reason God told his people to give this money to the church was because the church was responsible for distributing it to the people who were in need, and ultimately making the call as to what to do with the money.
In the past couple years, my friend Charlie pointed out that giving 1/10 is a law of the Old Testament and is one of the only laws that isn’t mentioned in the New Testament that we Christians still pay a lot of attention to. In fact, in the NewTestament, Jesus never says give 1/10, he says be generous with your money.
Since the summer began I have been putting aside 1/10 of my money and haven’t done anything with it yet. I continue to put this money aside because I think it helps keep me in check. But, I’m not sure I will give the money to the church.
All the money that I sacrifice to God and put aside, do I really want it to be spent on a parking lot? Let’s ask a question: Will that parking lot glorify God? Will that parking lot bring the Kingdom to Earth? Will the parking lot bring someone to know Jesus? If the answer to one of these questions is yes, then I support the parking lot.
But, if not, then I will like to say I would rather drive through a bumpy, uncomfortable parking lot every Sunday as a reminder that those thousands of dollars went to help build someone a house or give someone some food or somehow relay the message of the gospel.
But, if it’s built just for convenience…then I might as well just use my money to buy myself a cd player that plays cds as well as my ipod, because I’ve always wanted one of those.