Re: [greekorthodoxmusic] Re: belief & tithing
You raise interesting points. I guess the question is
(and I apologize if I've stated this in an earlier
post), how do you convince people of the importance of
something? Particularly, if it means parting them
from their money???
It is kind of like regular church attendance. I
believe, and I although I'm a convert I do think I'm
correct on this point, that regular liturgical
participation is an essential part of Orthodoxy.
Isn't it one of the Sacraments or Mysteries (I've
forgotten the difference in usage for those terms)?
And yet you have Orthodox that only show up to the
liturgy for the major feast days like Christmas or
Pascha. How do you convince those people that coming
to church regularly is good and important and
NECESSARY for their spiritual growth. Obviously, they
believe they are fine without it.
Similarly, any sense of monetary obligation is lost on
many parishoners. I know that this is not strictly an
Orthodox issue. I know from personal experience and
from friends that these issues occur in Southern
Baptist churches and in Roman Catholic parishes.
In fact, I know of one Roman Catholic parish that was
having trouble meeting its financial needs. So, after
one Sunday morning mass, the parish's financial
officers publicly announced the year-to-date
contributions of each family and parishoner!
Needless to say, a whole lot of people were
embarrassed and it created a lot of controversy.
Throwing in a dollar every Sunday, while certainly a
good thing, doesn't really help the church meet its
financial commitments. I type this with some guilt
because I've never tithed successfully and even now
I've not paid as much in stewardship as I should this
year (I'm kinda having some personal financial
Anyway, good to hear from another member of the group.
I hope all is well with the rest of you.
God bless you all,
Justin "Chrysostomos" Bates