But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matt 6:3-4 NASB)
So – this is different.
Our Church has this envelope system. You get a set of envelopes for the year, and each week you put your tithes and offerings in the envelope, detail how you want your giving broken down, and toss that puppy in the basket as it goes by.
This system makes it easy for the church to keep track of your giving and let you know at tax time how much you have given to the church in great detail.
As an aside, I happen to know that very few people actually know who gives what, not even the Pastors or Elders get this info.
One of the young folks in my life who is really going after God with all his heart had been throwing cash in the basket, and we (my wife and I) encouraged him to get some envelopes or at least use checks so he could claim the deductions on his tax return.
He said – but Jesus said…
Let me say that again
Ok – I can make the stewardship argument – you know – isn’t it good stewardship to get the deduction from the government…