A friend of mine asked me the other day, as claimed by him, that as a Christian, was it an onus for one to pay Tithe to the Church every month.
I was caught in a situation where if i didn't tell him the truth, would i be viewed as a half past six Christian or on the contrary if i did tell him the truth, would i cause some annoyance to other fellow Christians?
So frankly i admitted that i did not pay Tithe to the church, however what i do always is to give love offerings to the church but i do religiously set aside 10 % of my income in my free will for doing charity in areas or to whom i deem fit.
At this point, he was rather confused at my explanation and i did not want to pursue it further and what i told him the next was straight from my heart, i told him, then i said.
"As far as i am concerned, it is my strong belief that we must always be willing to give and help out whenever we can and able, be it monetary or physically and i do believe that charity must always start from home. For example, how can i help with limited resources someone else when my own sibling is in dire need of assistance. Ditto"
Truly he said i was "one kind" but i told him my conviction was towards God, not men and not even the church.
Please forgive me if i had caused some malaise among you guys but truly i cannot see this where we can be happy inside proclaiming this and that and shut our eyes to the outside.
P/S : Bigotry is unkind.