Christian Business Topic: Should Your Business Tithe?

Tithing is commonly defined as giving a tenth of your earnings to your local church where you have membership. A Christian tithes as an act of worship to the Lord. God loves “a cheerful giver”. Tithing is not to be given automatically or begrudgingly.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. -2 Corinthians 9:7

If you give according to the purpose in your heart you may give more than 10 percent. Yet, you must give cheerfully and willingly. We tithe to further the kingdom of God and to worship the Lord.

So how does this fit into business? Should your home business tithe?

In my business, I have a partner and she and I are Christians yet we do not attend the same church. Therefore, we tithe off of the income we generate individually. Individuals can cheerfully tithe as an act of worship. I am not suggesting it is wrong for your business to tithe. Certainly not. However, if you are in a partnership you may not be able to tithe off the business as a whole due to different church attendance and different convictions. For instance, if your partner wishes not to tithe or if you want to tithe 15% or more and your partner disagrees this can cause grumbling and giving with the wrong heart attitude. I also submit that if you chose to tithe off your business as a whole and you are an LCC or INC you then need to tithe off of our individual income as well. An LCC or INC are separate entities from you and your profit and the money reinvested in the company is not the same. If you are a sole proprietorship than there is no distinction between your income and the money generated by your business. In the end I do not think an LCC or INC should tithe unless all members are doing so willingly and cheerfully. I also do not believe your LCC or INC is obligated to tithe biblically but you as an individual should be tithing off your salary.

What do you think?

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About Richele McFarlin

Richele is a Christian homeschooling mom to four children, writer and business owner. Her collegiate background is in educational psychology. Although it never prepared her for playing Candyland, grading science, chasing a toddler, doing laundry and making dinner at the same time.

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