Isaiah 58 is a passage I am constantly challenged by. I read it again yesterday and was challenged by verses 6-9 especially. I wonder, could this be used in relation to tithing/giving as well?
This is what poured out when I started writing what I was thinking…
“I dont want your tithes if all you’re going to do with them is build bigger offices and install new stained glass windows. What I want is justice – buy the big issue seller lunch, give the homeless guy your spare bed for a week (and maybe longer afterwards). Give away your extra 2 coats. Sell the 4th TV in your house and use it to give someone a Christmas present.
Then you’ll find that I’ve been close all along. I’ve never been away, you just haven’t seen me because I’ve been in disguise, and you never noticed the homeless bum I was.”