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Pay Your Child Support Or Pay Your Tithes?
PimpPreacher.com 07/14/2011 New Orleans Bureau
On a recent episode of The Church Folk Revolution Radio Podcast, the question was asked about Christians fighting it out in child support court, and if it’s biblically correct. The conversation got pretty heated, to say the least, but a very important question was raised at the end of the show – “Are you paying more in tithes than you’re paying in child support?”
With so many people vigorously defending paying a pastor ten percent of their salary, I began to wonder why I never hear Christian brothers griping about paying their tithes, yet complaining about paying their child support. Both financial requirements have been known to place a huge demand on the pay checks of the average working brother. Whereas, the “baby mama” has been villainized, the pastor has escaped all criticism, at least until now.
Better Have My Money!
When I was last in child support court, the judge took into consideration both our salaries (I and the mother of our child) in determining the cost of my payments. The final number was right at $1000 a month (plus day care and health insurance) for one child, regardless of the fact that I had other children.
I remember leaving court that day thinking I had received the worst end of the deal, because at that point in my life I wasn’t really making enough to justify such high payments. Nevertheless, I paid it as best I could.
Then I remembered listening to a ridiculous sermon by Bishop George Bloomer titled “Are Tithes and First Fruit the Same Thing?” and it made me immediately break out my calculator. I factored that if I were to give 10% of my pre-taxed income to my pastor, then pay my normal employment taxes, that would leave me with even less money after I paid my child support.
If I were to give the church my “First Fruit” as taught by George Bloomer, then I would, in fact, be robbing my child of a fair portion of my income, because the judge based her payment calculation on my take home amount. According to this false teaching on tithes, I realized I’d have to make the decision on who should I rob, God or my child?
One of the ills of false teaching is it will not only contradict the Word of God, but also the character of God.
Such is the case with these teachings on tithing; God will not have my kids go hungry in order for me to buy jet fuel for my rich pastor’s 2005 Cessna 750 “Citation X”. Not my God.
I Aint Saying He’s A Gold Digger - BUT!
Many Christian brothers have found themselves in the same position described above when it comes to the monthly amount owed in child support and the burden of paying tithes to the church. The issue of paying a required amount to a church has resulted in many believers becoming disheartened towards pastors who hold firm to this erroneous doctrine of paying tithes.
This outbreak of “Tithe Addiction” has not only infected the pastors of larger congregations, but also the ministries that only have a handful of members.
- As a pastor, how could you place a financial demand on an already cash-strapped congregation?
- As pastor, how could you justify preaching that those who fail to tithe are cursed, when you know full well that Gal 3:13 says that “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”?
- How could you, as a pastor, collect tithes & offerings, and then use that exact same money to buy a $200,000.00 luxury car?
Worse Than an Infidel
To my fraternal brotherhood known as “Child Support Dads”, please hear me loud and clear – your first fruit is owed to your children, not Creflo Dollar, IV Hilliard or Mike Murdock, but your child! God has blessed you with the means to support your children first and foremost, and if there is anything additional remaining (after you have taken care of your financial and personal responsibilities) then it should go to your savings or a fund for your child. Plain and simple!
Under no circumstances should you ever give a preacher more than you give your ex in support for your children. Creflo Dollar’s kids have enjoyed the best that money can buy, which has included the best schools, the best homes, and the best overall environment. So let’s now focus on the needs of your children, and how you can better support their mother.
- When was the last time you asked the mother of your children if there was anything else she needed above your monthly child support payment?
- When was the last time you doubled up on your payments just to make sure she had everything she needed for your baby?
- When was the last time you took your kids for a month, just to give her some needed time to herself?
Society has made the mother of our children out to be the “Bad Guy” while we ran down to the altar and threw money at the feet of Leroy Thompson (who just happens to be the new graven image of a golden calf).
Back To Your First Love
I am all for supporting the ministry, but within reason. If the ministry you’re supporting financially cannot survive without the 10% from your check, then you may be standing directly in the path of God’s judgment over that ministry. God will supply all of the needs of your church whether you give or not. There is a phrase that goes, “It takes money to do ministry!” I know this may contradict everything you have ever heard in church, but God doesn’t need your money to do His work.
Your children deserve your first fruit and you express your gratitude to God by taking care of those precious children who are a blessing from Him. Your children may very well be the reason God has carried you thus far and has blessed you with a surplus. How dare you take the blessing that was intended for your child and use it to adorn your pastor or to finance the selfish indulgence of your pastor! After you have taken care of all the immediate and anticipated needs of your child, then and only then should you consider using a portion of your surplus for true charity causes.
Our children are not simply products of a failed relationship, but a living representation of our legacy. How you support their mother in her time of need will also be a part of your legacy and the memories of their childhood. Let’s make sure that our children come first before anything superficial, materialistic, or unrelated to their needs. For fathers, there is no greater calling than the role and responsibility of being “Daddy”; everything else can move to the back of the line.
Psalm 127:3-5 [NKJV]
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
By: A Black Man from New Orleans
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