A theological question have I,

That some wish wouldn’t be tried…

Do debts come first

To be reimbursed,

Or is first to be paid, the tithe?

A Scripture says somewhere,*

If you owe your brother, leave it there…

Go be reconciled

Til your brother has smiled,

Come back and then present there.

Those with limited income,

Are they allowed to only give some?…

Til their debts paid,

These days they’re not laid

In prison til they’ve paid everyone!

Certain TV preachers insist,

Pledging what you don’t have will be blessed…

One is blessed by increase

But when that’s ceased,

Is it okay to avoid money mess?

Some have tithed and then had to live

On whatever the church could give…

If they managed their own,

Keeping more at home

Household funds might be less of a sieve.

Does tithing “magic” make it always okay

To throw proper management away…

I wish preachers would take

More time to make

Messages for those of us who must pay!


–Jonathan Caswell

* Matthew 5:23-25

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