by Jac La Tour
True confession: I am not in favor of online giving, at least for tithing. Haven’t always felt this way, though. For years I was frustrated with my church for not “keeping up with the times” and offering electronic giving. I even went as far as using it as an excuse for my lack of consistent giving because, really, who can remember to write a check before rushing out the door Sunday morning?
But then I had a change of heart. I remembered that giving is an act of worship, not something to cross off my to-do list while paying the bills. And Sunday mornings are for worship. Every part of the church service is designed with one purpose: to bring honor and glory to God—even, perhaps especially, in our tithes and offerings. Since when is convenience part of sacrifice?
Now, I know others who tithe electronically and are still intentional about making it worshipful. And I know worship is certainly not limited to Sunday morning church. And I certainly understand the upside of online giving (in fact, my post on May 18 talked about how the majority of people, regardless of age, prefer to donate online).
I’m simply saying that, perhaps, when it comes to giving back to God what is his, worship through giving is better suited in the context of a worship service rather than at a computer screen.
What do you think?