“The finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year.

Researchers compared tithers to non-tithers using nine financial health indicators, and found that tithers were better off in every category. Among tithers, for example, 80 percent have no unpaid credit card bills, 74 percent don’t owe anything on their cars, 48 percent own their home and 28 percent are debt free.

“The weird thing is, a tither looks at that and says to himself, ‘Well I’m better off because I give.’ A non-tither looks at that and says, ‘Oh, they give because they’re better off,'” said Brian Kluth, founder of the study and Maximum Generosity, who called the findings “unprecedented.”

There are an estimated 10 million Christians in the U.S. who tithe more than $50 billion annually, according to a press release for the annual State of the Plate report. The report encompasses survey responses from 4,413 tithers from all 50 states and a variety of different churches and income levels.

The fifth annual study reveals that 97 percent of tithers make giving to their local church a priority, and 63 percent started tithing between their childhood and their twenties. It also found that 70 percent give based on their gross income rather than their net income, and 77 percent give more than the traditional 10 percent.”

BY JEFF SCHAPIRO, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

May 15, 2013|6:15 pm (www.christianpost.com)

This report verifies what we know as the inverted logic of the Christian faith. We have more as we give resources away. We gain by losing. We rise by humbling ourselves. Our finances are in better shape when we give substantially. We have more hours in our week, when we volunteer and serve others. What would happen if we, as a faith community, tithed our time, our skill sets and our money?

I don’t know, but the very thought of it excites me to no end!!!

Glad the tomb is empty…and we are not,

Richard Allen Farmer

Stone Mountain, GA