"God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Cor. 9:7) So why then does the topic of giving often leave many hearers with such little joy? You would think it would be just the opposite after everything Christ has done to redeem us. Does the problem lie primarily in the hearts of the hearers, or are there things pastors say today on this topic that block the joy of the Lord from reaching most of the people? Maybe it's a little of both.
Like many ministers, I have taught about the benefits of tithing a number of times over thepast 23 years as a pastor. But I have recently come to have second thoughts about the wisdom of being that specific on the topic of giving. Does the promotion of "10% giving" today really produce the right outcome for the right reasons and with the right amount of Christian joy?