I have JUST completed my Federal and State tax forms for 2014. I typically compute my % of Fed taxes paid. This year, we paid ~10% of our income in Federal taxes. That % is substantially lower than my charitable giving for the year. I want it that way. But it didn’t dawn until me later that I also pay:
- State taxes
- Social Security tax
- Sales tax
When you add those in, I paid more to the government than I gave to G^d. Hmmm. Sad.
Scripture is quite clear, we ought to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to G^d, what is G^d’s. We have been bought with a price by G^d himself. Part of giving ourselves to Him is to give him a tithe of our finances. Part of giving ourselves to Him is to give him a tithe of our time, energy, attention.
So, besides looking at the financial side, we ought also to take a look at the personal side.
How much of ourselves are we giving to Him?