Author: trshmnstr

Selflessness, Financial Freedom, Faith and the State

I feel like I’m apologizing for some aspect of every article I write as of late. I’m an engineer and lawyer by training but have never been good at condensing complicated subject matter into digestible chunks. This article is no different. I have a feeling it’s going to become a meandering mess. Also, this article is gonna get a bit religious, so I’m sorry if you don’t like your libertarianism with a side of Jesus. Faith and Tithing It’s common knowledge that American Christians suck at even the basics of the faith, especially when it comes to parting with “their” money. Tithing (true tithing, as in 10% of your income) is hardly ever practiced. Tithing isn’t a God thing. God doesn’t need money (or a starship). Tithing isn’t primarily a church thing, either. Churches have varied forms of income, and unless they’re being run poorly, they’re not relying on the tithe to pay for the lights bill. Tithing is a personal thing, a growth opportunity, much like prayer and worship. It establishes the proper role of a person in relation to God and to material wealth. “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2...

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