Tithing Empowers Equality
Luke 21:1-4 NLT
“While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.””
Watching what people do with what they have tells you a lot about what is important to people.
The first time I read this passage (as a teenager) I felt awkward with God watching because giving seems to be such a private matter. But what could be more private than an intimate conversation with the God who sees all and knows everything?
The biggest tension in this story is proportion. The rich gave a tiny portion of their surplus, meaning that all their needs were already taken care of, they had all their priorities met and now they have a lot left over. The poor widow gave before her needs were even considered!
If both had just given 10% before considering their surplus, the widow would have a little to live on.
This is how the tithe empowers equality.