I read an article referring to “all Mitt Romney has done for the LDS church.” I’m not sure exactly what they were talking about, but I think they were referring to his monetary donations, perhaps. I was really bugged by it. First off, I’m not all sure that I love what Mitt Romney’s “doing” for our church. Also, we have a LOT of really rich members. When I gave to Prop 8 I took a peek at the list at what everyone gave. Wow. Some people gave a LOT. They are really well off.
But back to tithing. I think the media maybe doesn’t get it. The WHOLE church (well, those that choose to, and while I’ve heard numbers bantered about what percentage of the church gives a full tithing I’m still not sure) pays 10 percent. That means if you’re getting a welfare check and it’s 200 bucks, you’re paying tithing on that. And then you’re living on 160 bucks.
For Mitt Romney to give his 4 million, or whatever is great. I know it does a lot of good. But, in reality, how hard is it for Mitt to give that money? Is he worried he’s not going to pay his mortgage or won’t be able to provide food for his kids? No. He isn’t, not even close.
But for those (and I am NOT among these, but I know plenty who are) who give in faith, hoping God will make up the difference, I am here to testify that He does. Will he make you Mitt Romney? No. But, you will have food to eat, and clothes to wear, and shelter. Also, I believe in order to receive fast offers from the church, you need to be a full tithe payer — but it is at the discretion of the bishop.
Anyway, this whole thing made me think of the Widow’s Mite, and how grateful I am for the example and teachings of our Savior. Just also read a really cool article about our bishops storehouse here.
Happy Sabbath everyone, let’s keep it holy. 🙂