#1 Money Tip – Give Generously

Zig Ziglar, an inspirational writer and speaker, strongly advocated the idea “Help others get what they want, and you get what you want” for many, many years. It’s often taken as the #1 Money Tip. In his book See You at the Top, he listed example after example of men and women who seemed to prove this theory. So why do Christians still refuse to sacrificially give portions of their incomes?

Why Should I Give to the Church?

As the title suggests, I advize giving financially to your local church body. Many, MANY people believe the Old Testament law of giving 10% of your income to be inapplicable to modern day Christians. I disagree. Why? The reason is simple:

If Jesus Christ’s coming to Earth and sacrificing himself on the cross satisfied every living, breathing Christian’s obligations to God, their fellow Christians, and mankind, then Christians would be free to act in whatever way they pleased. Cheating on exams and lying to our neighbors would be acceptable behavior.

But Christians who are honest with themselves know better. For Apostle Paul speaks about “Renewing our minds,” also known as our conscious recognizing our body’s sinful habits and choosing to change the body’s actions. Yes, Christ’s sacrifice fulfilled the law for people to enter Heaven. But we Christians still have the obligation to pursue righteousness, behaviorally, socially, and financially.

Applying Zig Ziglar’s Theory

Having first read Zig Ziglar’s success theory straight out of college, I was sceptical. As an undergraduate with no experience and no job, I was sceptical about how giving away my few, hard-earned dollars could benefit me. As you have probably realized, Zig Ziglar meant more than giving financially.

To give to others includes working hard at your job. If you increase the profit margin at your boss’s company, whether through saving money or generating more sales, then you are helping your boss and everyone who works for him. This would satisfy the #1 Money Tip. For, if this boss cares about his employees, even just a little bit, then you and your coworkers will get the holiday bonuses. You may even get a pay raise within a year or two, given the profit margin increase is high enough.

Another way to apply Zig Ziglar’s theory is to provide emotional support for your friends. If you help your friends in their time of need, then they will likely help you when you need them. **Warning** This becomes less and less true as generations come and go. I’ve found more support through my senior citizen friends, then my peers. A friend who is a peer is a rare commodity that is to be treasured….

Giving to God Financially

If giving other people our hard work will financially benefit us, then why do we give to God? There are two big reasons. One based on theory and superstition. The other based in hope from faith.

Think about God’s favored men written about in the Torah. The main five men, including Abraham and Isaac, were extremely wealthy men. Though I cannot be certain their wealth came in an easily liquefiable form, such as gold. I do know they had extraordinarily large herds of sheep and cattle. And that is worth millions even in today’s standards.

So when the Torah men gave 10% of their best crops and herds, it favored God immensely. I assume, in part, because doing so showed their pursuance in righteousness with God. And in order to have a relationship with the Savior, one must be righteous. God blessed these men in many ways, including financially, for their obedience.

For the Christians who disregard the Old Testament and its holiness, then consider this idea: God tells us to live and act for Him, so we may store treasures for ourselves in Heaven. Do I know what to do to gain these treasures? Maybe a little. And do I know what these treasures are? No. But it’s gotta be better than anything on this earth, so I’m going to try.

Conclusion on #1 Money Tip – Give Generously

So, if men in the Bible and people in modern day times have found themselves financially set when they offer their incomes to their local church bodies, then it may be a worthy thing to try. If anything, the church may save the extra funds and help struggling members if hard times come. May the Lord bless your church body with a great church bookkeeper, for such times will come.

I do believe that giving financially, and giving love to the lonely and destitute, will benefit everyone in the long run. Running with this theory may not make you rich, but it should provide you with everything you need. Is this all just Christian superstition? Maybe. But I think following old Christian laws is a safeguard in pursuing righteousness. And that is something every Christian needs to pursue for his and her own soul.

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Reckless Hate Follows Us All – Lessons Learned from The Two Towers

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Reckless hate exists in every political party, people group, and family unit. A fact clearly portrayed when the Uruk-hai attacked the Rohan people in Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers. King Theoden, dazed at the amount of death amongst his people, knew the folly and helplessness amongst the peoples of Middle-earth:

What can Men do against such reckless hate?
~ King Theoden of Rohan (The Two Towers, 2002)

Sauron’s Reckless Hate and Men’s Weakness in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth

In this grand utterance, both horrific and true, King Theoden summarized the problem among Middle-earth’s inhabitants. All the various Orcs, Trolls, Nazgul, and Fighting Breeds followed Sauron. This dark lord dominated half of Middle-earth’s creatures, filling them with the desire to kill and squander, but he wanted dominion over all the land. No Man, Hobbit, Elf, Wizard, or Dwarf was safe.

The Elves had their own power, and used their power to resist the evil and flee the land. Wizards chose either good or evil, and Dwarves and Hobbits resisted Sauron so as to keep living as they chose to live. But Men on Middle-earth were easily swayed between the hope for peace and the desire for power. Consequently, they either fell prey to their evil desires, or died trying to fight against them.

What Reckless Hate Symbolized in J.R.R. Tolkien’s World

To put it plainly, J.R.R. Tolkien could have easily been describing two real-life, evil forces when he wrote about the wars between Sauron’s forces and the other peoples in Middle-earth. The first example Tolkien may have used was Germany and Russia in World War I (WWI). The second, Satan and the sinful human nature.

Everyone who has taken high school history knows the atrocities from the World Wars. Though Hitler hadn’t risen to power yet in WWI, his country and Russia behaved just as savagely in fighting for dominion over the other European countries. How Germany bombed London, scaring the citizens and causing them to send their children north, would be enough to cause any English boy to think of Germany as the ultimate evil, domineering force.

I may think too highly about the power behind spiritual enemies, but the devil and the sinful human nature could have certainly influenced Tolkien, as well. Spiritual darkness certainly influences men to war with each other. So, reckless hate could very well describe the constant war, between God and Satan, for human souls. And it is the Christians who stand up and fight the good fight. The unbelievers, filled with hate for what all Christians believe, fight against us.

What To Do About the Reckless Hate in the Real World

Terrorist groups and other violent organizations run around the world, bringing destruction to everything they hate. And American teachers tell us to sit back and “respect their religion.” This makes me seethe with anger. Why? Because no one, since I was a child until now, has ever respected my beliefs as a Christian. My faith receives more hatred and disrespect than any other. So, why must I learn to accept and respect other religions?

Christians are told to live with peace with everyone, as much as they can. Otherwise, as Aragorn said to King Theoden, let us ride out. Let us fight for what we believe in, upholding what is good and right and just. Otherwise, the reckless hate in this world will overrun us, trample us, and kill us. If not literally, then it will certainly kill us figuratively.

J.R.R. Tolkien understood the importance in fighting for a good cause. And while we argue about what the good cause is, we should never fight each other for it. Respect each other and love each other whenever possible. Our beliefs may collide, and we may never learn to accept what someone else believes, but we all should aim for life, and for peace.