…for all my fellow churchgoers out there.
Fact One: the Bible instructs me to let my giving “be done in secret,” and backs up this instruction with stories exhorting the value of anonymous giving, expecting no reward or payback.
Fact Two: As we enter December, I (and millions of other believers) will studiously collect check stubs, receipts, and giving reports from my church so that I can firmly attach a dollar value to my acts of charity for the purposes of reporting them to the IRS and maximizing my personal benefit. In fact, I would never dream of giving to my church in cash, simply because that would make it impossible for our finance guy to issue a report for me at the end of the year.
These facts seem incongruous.
Just chew on that one for a while…
And of course, feel free to leave a comment that will settle this tension in my brain.