Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pay the Pastor not the Physician!

As I was getting ready for work this morning and thinking about what life could be like in the next few weeks I started thinking about our finances when something hit me. No, it wasn't a falling tube of toothpaste or out of place hair dryer. It was a thought. Why is it that people will bend over backwards to pay for medical needs, appointments and bills but don't tithe which ultimately pays the pastor(s)/staff salaries and for the needs of the church to continue the work of the Gospel? The Bible clearly and explicitly tells us that our souls are more important than our lives/bodies so why do most of us spend more on our bodies than our souls?

For those of you who know me you know that I am not a name it -> claim it person. I do believe that there are plenty of things that go wrong with our temples that require maintenance and attention but I also know from a counseling standpoint many things may not. Stress, for example, is responsible for so many things it's incredible! My mom is a nurse. When my brother and I were growing up it seemed like no matter what was wrong with us, or what we claimed was wrong, she blamed stress. Many times this was or could have been true. At one point I was convinced that if my arm was dangling from my body attached by one thread of a tendon that she would say "Oh you'll be fine it's just stress!"

There are some out there who think if you are sick or hurt it is because you sinned and therefore asked for it or you didn't pray for health (hence the name it claim it world). I don't know that that is necessarily true either. I DO KNOW that God neatly orchestrates things in our lives for our betterment whether that be an illness, loss of job or even loss of life.

My point is...I think we place our time and treasure in the wrong places. How much better would we be if we invested as much in reading our Bibles and praying as we did vitamins, innoculations and doctor appointments? PLEASE do not misunderstand me! I have my shots and if we are blessed to have children they will too. Bella has hers even! Just something to think about...


Daughter of the King said...

So true. My husband and I belive wholeheartedly in tithing. And it really is a joy for us to tithe. Our non-Christian relatives think we're nuts for doing so. I hope they will know the joy some day.

Glad I found your blog!

Dana :)

Daughter of the King said...

We actually "believe," not "belive." (My work involves perfect spelling, so I HAD to correct that or I wouldn't have been able to sleep tonight!) ;)

Heidi said...

LOL@ daughter of the king! I KNOW what you mean about correcting things! I have enjoyed wandering through your blog as well!