Millennials Are Topping The Charts In So Many Ways, But Tithing Is Not One Of Them
It’s no secret that Millennials who are fresh out of college have a lot of options on the table after that diploma is securely in their hands. We’ve been topping charts and making things happen. There’s a giant world, ready to explore!
And debt. We also have tons and tons of debt.
Even if you went with a cheaper option for college, the changes are high that you have some sort of student loan to pay off. Statistically speaking, Millennials earn about 20% less than their parents did in their mid-twenties, with more debt than previous generations. 90% of Millennials actively use coupons, or rely on sales for their purchases.
We’ve had to learn how to be thrifty lil’ suckers if we wanted to check things off our Pinterest-worthy vision boards, ya know?
Needless to say, I fall right into this generation. I’m actually on the backend of it (1996 is the cut-off), but that does not mean I don’t relate to the Millennial financial debacle. I also live in a state that will tax you until you are on the ground, so that doesn’t help anything. Despite this, I’m a budgeting fanatic, having honed in my craft of saving, meal prepping, and thrift shopping.
Despite my savvy saving, Biblical tithing is an area in which I have fallen incredibly short.
Sure, I throw in a $10 when the collection plate comes around. I’ll give some cash to the pregnant woman on the street. I donate to my friends’ fundraisers for those in need.
But taking 10% out of my paycheck, every month, like clockwork?
That I have not done. That is a giant knock in the already tight budget.
As a Millennial who fits the stereotypical “not buying a house because who has that kind of money?” mold, it’s a heck of a lot easier to fall into another statistic: Less than 1% of Millennials tithe 10% (or more) to the church. Less than 1%! Shockingly enough, this is not too far behind our elders - only because 2% of Gen Xers and 3% of Baby Boomers tithe as well. Clearly, this is not an issue totally reserved for the “youth.”
I was thinking about this as I was sitting in church a couple of weeks ago. Feeling a serious conscious to just suck it up and follow a command that is a clear example of the Holy Spirit doing some work, I sighed (heavily), and said “FINE.”
I was not thrilled, honestly. Taking out my notebook when I got home and re-budgeting the life that I had just gotten so comfortable at following…does anyone else feel like the Lord changes things up when you finally get cozy? Just me?
Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and your firstfruits; then your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
My initial “I need to make rent this month” frugality immediately questioned vats bursting with wine. BURSTING? I’d be thrilled with a glass. Maybe some cheese. You get the point.
The more I thought about this change in my financial situation, the more confident I felt.
After all, the Lord always provides. He always had. I have absolutely no reason to believe otherwise.
Maybe giving in your finances doesn’t seem like a huge necessity to you. But isn’t it so true that what you give your money to - what you prioritize in your spending - shows where your heart lies. Prioritizing a tithe is not only following a command, but it’s an act of worship to the One who has given us everything. When you think of it like that, it’s a privilege, not a burden.