I was thinking recently about the act of giving on a personal level and had a thought about businesses tithing. Should Christian business owners tithe from business funds?
When it comes to tithing individually, I don’t stand by one hard and fast rule of tithing 10% because we’re called to give with a cheerful heart and our goal should be to give generously – and that might mean more than 10% for some!
I’ve had a few individual businesses (LLCs) and I’ve given from the income generated – but it was all my income anyways. For businesses with more than one employee, owners, stockholders, creditors, etc., I think the principle of tithing should still be done on an individual basis.
We read in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 that “God loves a cheerful giver.” I have a tough time applying this verse to a business, because the decision to give would fall on a select few. Those few may be cheerful in their giving of business funds, but it might not represent the view of everyone who has a stake in the business. Even in a Christian organization, it’s difficult to give charitably without some pushback from individuals who would rather give to a different cause or…see the funds reinvested…or, yes, even prefer a raise. The principles outlined in the post 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Tithe, would be a good starting point for any business owner with charitable intent.
I’m not suggesting that businesses (public or private) should stop being charitable. I just wanted to address the question of ‘should a business tithe,’ to which I would say no – each individual receiving funds from the business should make that decision. Should a business still be charitable? Yes, I think that it’s perfectly acceptable for a company to give back to the community or to support other causes. However, I do not feel that a business should feel obligated to give a tithe or gift because of a tithing principle upheld by individuals.
What are your thoughts? Do you think a business should ‘tithe’?