At times when I hear something good from others, i think it is great to publish it here on the blog. This testimony comes from Rory Moore, the author of “The Tithe That Binds”. His website is called, Prepare His Way. I have Rory’s book in my office and on my “to do” list, but here is a quote that i recently read from him. Thought he said some powerful things about Christian stewardship.
“As a former leader, assistant pastor, board member, I am all too familiar with the disregard and disrespect aimed at the “non-committed” brethren.
Too many times we saw people of success, business people, well-salaried people catered to, favored, and sought after for their membership and support.
We had one man who did especially well at offering time and was “gifted and anointed” to take up the weekly collection. We listened as pastors discussed the success or failure of the Sunday show and income at the mid-week staff meeting.
We saw and participated in leaders banquets, church-bought meals after service, and the entertaining of visiting ministers.
We saw the poor and down-trodden ignored and disdained. We saw them shuffled off to a benevolent fund minister or the food pantry minister.
We saw pastors’ families eat out virtually every day at least once and sometimes 3x a day.
We saw as people tithed big and who could care less about meeting the needs of the needy. They were well-trained to feed the offering plate rather than their brethren.
We saw the unpaid laborers of the church work and scramble to fundraise, sell all sorts of stuff to support the “ministry” of our church.
We were part of it for 24 years and even though we left 5 years ago, it still bothers me that we were such sorry excuses for Christians.”