Biblical Finance 101: Robbery

Perhaps you are not aware of it, but many of the churches within the Grand Valley Baptist Association have been robbed in the past several weeks. At this point, we are not sure which churches were hit the hardest but we do know the results were extensive. Some were so extensive that programs and ministries may have to be scaled back or cut.

From what we can see, more than one person was responsible. Sadly, we are now fairly certain that those who carried out the thefts are actual church members. However, there was no collective effort or conspiracy, just coincidence.

We've also discovered that some of the stolen money has been used for personal items, such as vacations, cars, boats, athletic equipment, and even eating out on numerous occasions. Though we don't have a complete list of all the suspects, there is consolation in the fact that God knows every single person who is guilty of this crime.

When did the robberies take place? They actually happened in full view of each church during the Sunday services. It happened as the offerings were being taken during Sunday School and church. It happened because many people withheld giving God His tithe.

Before you criticize anyone on exaggerating the seriousness of unfaithful stewardship, read Malachi 3:7-12. Using the Lord's tithe for anything, other than giving back to Him, is serious business.

Did you find yourself growing angry and perplexed at the thought of how anyone could rob a church. If so, imagine how God feels when His children misuse the resources that He has given. Let's stop robbing God!

Gary Ellis, MBA, CFP
Association Stewardship Director