The Responsibility Still ExistsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 02 2021 5:38 PM
This is the tenth month into COVID-19. Overnight in Alabama, 3, 711 COVID cases were added to the list. Alabama has had 369,458 coronavirus cases in the ten months of COVID. The two counties with the largest increases are Jefferson and Madison County.
Eleven months ago no one in South Alabama would have ever believed you would could not attend worship services at your church. But it is a reality, and forced churches into a technological and innovative way to continue to worship a true and living GOD.
There is debate from people but no debate from the Bible about the financial support to continue to reach people for Christ. And there is always a debate from people concerning church attendance.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 ( NIV ) says, "Each of you should give what you decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
Tithing means you're obedient to God, so you should give without expecting anything in return. Tithing is "giving".
A tithe is 10% of your income given specifically to your local church. Because the custom of tithing is biblical, many Christians and Jews practice it as part of their faith. Scriptures explain that (1) tithing is an important part of faith for those who follow God and (2) your tithe should be money you set aside first.
A tithe is a specific amount, 10%, of your income that you give first. A offering is anything extra you give above the tithe.
COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on church attendance and fellowship. Being in a church is not salvation, but it is a time to worship a true and living God, and develop relationships with fellow "sinners". No one in the church is perfect, and all churches and staff are made up 100% of sinners. So the church attendance is not the way of salvation, but it a worshipful experience and relationship builder. Suppose to be people caring for people.
HERE IS THE POINT
COVID in Alabama, since March 2020, has had 369,458 cases. Churches have been on and off on meeting in person.
But the debts churches have encountered, the staff of churches who still has a responsibility to their members and others, those expenses are still there. And just because COVID has dramatically impacted attendance, the financial responsibility to the church still exists and still mandated by scripture, if, you believe in the Bible.
As life continues to move forward, do not forget your responsibilities to the church that were there 11 months ago, still exist today.
WE WILL RETURN to some sense of normal, eventually. But remember your responsibility to the church you attend or attended in February 2020. That responsibility still exists in January 2021.
Alabama added more than 3,700 COVID-19 cases overnight.
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Jan. 2 10 a.m. figures show the state has had 369,458 coronavirus cases since March 2020, an increase of 3,711 from yesterday. Of that increase, 563 were in Jefferson County and 525 were in Madison County.
Hospitalizations haven’t been updated since Dec. 31 when it reached 2,815.
Here are the updated county-by-county case results. The figures in parenthesis are the increases from the previous day:
Barbour County +11 cases ( 1,528 ) Coffee County +35 cases ( 3,678 )
Covington County +17 cases ( 2,948 ) Dale County +33 cases ( 3,404 )
Geneva County +29 cases ( 1,720 ) Henry County +16 cases ( 1,284 )
Houston County + 83 cases ( 7,454 ) Montgomery + 93 cases ( 16,333 )
Pike County + 7 cases ( 2,036 )