See what I did there with my title? Pun intended!
Many people have differing opinions on whether we as Christians, saved by the finished work of Christ, should tithe. If you think this post will provide a definitive YES or NO, you are quite mistaken (sorry!). This is more for discussion purposes. Some argue since tithing was under the Mosaic law — alongside not wearing mix-material garments and other Leviticus rites — and Jesus died for our sins (making us free from the law), tithing is therefore no longer compulsory.
It is true that we have been released and are no longer bound by the Mosaic law. “Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code” (Romans 7:4-6 ESV). But we are now bound by the law of Christ, which is far more superior and yet still inclusive of the Mosaic law. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10 ESV).
Although I do not consider it so, it would appear we are at an impasse on the issue. Tithing in the OT (Old Testament) time had multiple uses. It was used as a method of atonement as well as a way to sustain the livelihoods of the Levites because they were not given any land when the tribes of Israel were being divided. Segway: I love how God is incredibly mindful of us. He knew He had to create a way to supply the Levites with what they needed since they were unable to work the land by virtue of being consecrated to priestly duties, and used His fellow man as the conduit. Now, tithing is no longer a means of atonement for our sins. Thank Jesus for that (literally).
Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, our Chief Intercessor. It is through Him we have access to God. But our pastors and church staffs have to be supported financially. “Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:13-14 ESV). The Bible very clearly instructs us to be cheerful givers. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV). When I think of cheerful giving, I think of selfless giving — giving without expecting anything in return. We often attempt to make God indebted to us, asking questions such as, “God, I paid my tithes, why is this happening to me?” This, in fact, translates to, “God, I paid you for a service, why are You not delivering?”
Believing bad things should not happen to you because you pay tithes means you do not have a full grasp of the robustness and grittiness of Christianity. It goes without saying that everyone experiences tough times, being a Christian does not exempt you from pain and hurt, rather, its beauty is found in the way God sees you through your trials. Our giving should be selfless and an extension of our love for God, in the same way, Christ’s sacrifice was selfless and an extension of His love for us.