This is a tough question. I’m not a theologian or a biblical scholar, so I kind of feel under-qualified to answer this question. But I do have personal experiences with tithing, so I will discuss the topic from our point of view.
Tithing is the biblical principle that we should give 10% of our income back to the Lord. Back to the Lord, you ask? Yes, he is the one who has blessed us with income in the first place, so we should be giving back as an offering of thanks and to help build his kingdom. For me, tithing is more of a discipline than a requirement.
Do I believe and trust God enough to faithfully give 10% of my income no matter my circumstances?
This was the question that presented itself when we sat down to do our very first budget. We had been rather ho-hum about tithing. We’d tithe if we happened to be at church that weekend, but not if we were out of town. When we did, great! If we missed a few, no big deal. Needless to say, it was random.
But when we were diving into Financial Peace University and at a crossroads financially, we decided that if we were going to get serious about being intentional with our money, the first thing we needed to do was to be giving a tenth away.