Matthew 6:3 goes a little something like this: “when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”
Basically, don’t announce when you are being charitable. Don’t simply give because you want people to think you are an awesome person.
And, yet, here I am about to announce to the internet that I am doing an awesome job not letting my hands know what the other is doing. And, as a result, both of them think that the other is doing all of the giving.
So, I think Jesus would be okay with me shouting from the rooftops that I am doing a piss-poor job at tithing. I haven’t filled an envelope since… let me see here… January 1st. I won’t even try to make an excuse.
I should apologize to the offering counters at Good Hope who will probably be confused when they get my January envelopes in… April? May? August? Here is a picture of all of the envelopes that still need to be filled. (January 8-March 28, 2012.) Dang.