9/05/2009

Do You Tithe? Would Your Kids Think To?


We don't watch much TV here at the NtJS ranch. We have a few indulgences - The Office, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser - and in the summer, America's Got Talent. There's plenty to love about this show. The eclectic group of judges - interestingly enough that 2 of the 3 are not from America. The incredibly talented contestants, and even those less so. And then there's that unexpected element.

Some would argue that's the best part.


Now some folks get jazzed up about the million dollar prize, and yes, this is a post about tithing. While some of the contestants are trying to make a name for themselves and get national exposure, undoubtedly most have their eyes on the $1M prize. Likely few of them are unaware of $100M contact that last year's winner secured.

Now just to make sure each contestant has the cash prize front of mind, host Nick Cannon periodically asks contestants what they would do with the million dollar prize. On Tuesday, he asked that question of Michael from Voices of Glory. Now the AGT website doesn't state their ages, but I'm going to guess that Michael is in middle school. When Nick asked his question, Michael hesitated. It was clear that he didn't have it spent 40 times over in his mind. Despite the groups religious overtones, his evetual response was definately unexpected.

"Well, first I would tithe"
Wow. Mature beyond his years. His answer definitely threw Cannon for a loop, who also surprised me in knowing that a tithe is 10%. Cannon pressed him further and Michael finally came up with that he would seek his father's help with the money. The phrase "seek wise council" comes to mind.

Also coming to mind, are a few questions....
  1. Do you tithe?
  2. If faced with a $1M windfall, would you first think to give a cut to the Lord?
  3. Would your teenager?


2 comments:

Angie said...

Very impressive for a young man. To answer your questions:
1. Yes
2. Our church would receive at least $150k of a $1M prize. Our family has decided that 10% of our gross income is only the start. Any bonuses, prizes, or windfalls are subject to a tithe and a 5% gift to the church (or another organization like World Vision as we feel led.)
3. Our kids are only 4 and 6, but if you ask them what we are supposed to do with money, they will tell you the 3 S's: we save it, spend it, and share it. We don't make them follow strict percentages, but we are trying to lay the foundation of biblical generosity and money management skills now.

Mr. (not) the Jet Set said...

Thanks for your comment, Angie! It sounds like you, and your kids are on a great path.

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