The effects of the lockdown have not spared places of worship tha tmostly depend on offertory, tithe and any other form of giving made by believers to their creator.
Due to the ban on physical meetings, worship places have put in place
several platforms through which believers can send their offertory,
tithe, zakat and other forms of giving.
The initiatives have since sparkled off mixed reactions from a section
of the public where some have accused religious and spiritual leaders
of being greedy urging them to stop asking believers to fulfill their
obligation of giving to God.
Should offertory, tithe, thanks giving, zakat continue even during
lockdown periods? I would like to briefly respond to this question
without using common sense as many would love it to be but in line
with the written word of God.
Beloved, God’s principles are absolute and none negotiable just like
the laws of nature, say like the law of Gravity and the laws of
motion; you defy them at your own risk.
Giving to God and fellow human beings is a divine principle, once we
defy it, we should prepare to face the consequences. God calls us to
give during better times and even during challenging moments.
Remember, Jesus didn’t spare the poor lady who had only two copper
coins for offertory (Mark 12:41-44) just because she was going through
challenging moments of her life, He even went ahead and praised her.
He would perhaps have called and asked her to return her only coins
but He knew that we can only attract a blessing from God once we give
Luke 6:38- Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” This
is a principle that stands even during trying moments.
I believe even during hard moments like in the lockdown, we need to
attract God’s blessings, favor and provision even more. The little
that we can give in appreciation of what God has done for us will
attract the hand of God even at such trying moments.
Talking of the tithe, we should understand that this is a covenant
giving, none negotiable and an act of fulfilling our part in the deal.
It is God’s share of every increase that He gives us. If during the
lockdown you don’t get any increase why get worried of tithing but in
case you get an increase, you should not rob God of His share.
Tithing, just like offertory and giving, has promises attached to it
which can only be achieved once the principle of tithing is respected.
These benefits are needed in life whether during lockdown or not.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there
may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord
of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not
destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her
fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.12 And all
nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land,
saith the Lord of hosts.
The biggest argument is that once this money is given to places of
worship, it only enriches the leaders hence the call to resist
offertory and tithe at such trying moments.
The mindset that should be possessed by anyone is that they are
‘giving to God’ who will bless them in return and not to the leader or
the institution. True we can only give to God through people, the only
cure to this is that the believer must take time to find out whether
the spiritual or religious leader is a representative of God.
Beloved, we should know that there is no lockdown in heaven and all
divine principles still stand despite the challenges prevailing. May
God see you through the hard times and may He give you the ability to
walk by His principles.
The writer, Apostle Nixon Segawa is the Founder of Another Life Global
Ministries and the Senior Pastor of Another Life Sanctuary, Namalere-
Kabaganda, Wakiso district