The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has recently introduced a way to pay tithing online in some areas. I have heard different viewpoints ranging from it being more convenient and less of a hassle to not carry around a checkbook, while some have said it would cause paying tithing to become more of a bill than a personal offering to the Lord.
I find satisfaction in paying tithing. I’m grateful that my parents taught me to never pay it grudgingly, wondering what I could have done with the extra few hundred dollars a month. I love walking up to one of the bishopric and shaking their hand and personally being accountable for the commandment.
While I don’t look down or criticize those who choose to do this, I choose not to. I’ve even heard that you can have 10% taken out of your pay check and directly deposited to the Church. Why this turns my stomach is I don’t see Tithing as a bill or something automatic. I feel it should be a choice each month to help build the kingdom and help those in need.
This is how I see it. With my auto insurance it’s directly taken out of my account each month. It’s gotten to the point when I forget I pay for it. I don’t want Tithing to be automatic, forced or forgotten. I want it to be a choice.
I’d rather it be a personal consecration to the Lord. I understand that it doesn’t matter how you sacrifice as long as you pay the one tenth that’s been commanded. As for me, I’d rather fill out the tithing slip and think about who I can help with what I’ve been given. There’s something special about that.
Will you use the electronic tithing method when it’s offered in your area?