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I Prayed About Tithing and Then This Happened…

I was literally just going through my monthly expenses. I have a monthly line item, “tithes.”

In full disclosure, my finances are not the best right now. So I thought to myself, maybe I shouldn’t tithe this month. But because I am a true church kid and as churched as they come, I felt guilty for even thinking that and in my head, I could hear Malachi 3:8-12 (“Will a man rob God?…”) being read from the pulpit. So, I was like, let me pray on that.

FullSizeRender (1)I went back to laying in the bed (cause for the first time in the longest I don’t have anything to do on a Saturday). A little while ago, I picked up my iPhone and used my fingerprint to unlock it. I kid you not that this video was open on my phone, in landscape view. I was like, what is this and how did it get opened? Then I read the caption, “Should Christians Give Tithes?,” and was like, wow. So I hit play.

I believe I just got my answer about tithing this month, and a new perspective on tithing in general.

There are so many scriptures that we have taken and used to establish church/Christian “norms” that are to our liking/advantage. We then repeat them over and over and make people feel that if they don’t do whatever is being stated, they aren’t a “good Christian” and God isn’t pleased, when the fact of the matter is: this was never God’s requirement– this is just us, at best, misinterpreting scripture and, at worst, using scripture to get people to do what we want.

We do this with so many other aspects in society and all it does it cause Christians to be/come off as super judgmental and push people away for the church and Christ.

So I say all that to say, let’s be more careful with our interpretations of scripture and stop passing down these rules and regulations of Christianity that really are not required by God.

Christ set us free.

By Aleidra Allen

Aleidra Allen is a social change advocate and entrepreneur. With a background in higher education administration, Aleidra served as a higher education practitioner for 4 years. During that time, she coordinated leadership programs and multicultural education, and advised student organizations and fraternities and sororities, . However, as society entered into the current social movement, Aleidra’s career was redirected.

In September of 2017, Aleidra took a leap of faith and left higher education to start her own business. She is now the founder and owner of PIE, which stands for Purpose In Everything. PIE is a start-up social enterprise that sells every day products, adding purpose to the purchases by donating 5% of its net sales to fund social change work. The products are also ethically made, being sweatshop-free, and many of them are environmentally friendly.

PIE is committed to social justice, with the goal of inspiring consumers to contribute to social change through conscious and intentional buying. You can follow PIE on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @piemovement, and visit the PIE website at www.piemovement.com to #BuyOnPurpose. If you are interested in having Aleidra facilitate diversity and inclusion trainings/workshops for you school, organization, or corporation, please email info@piemovement.com.

Aleidra has shared her perspectives on larger platforms as a repeating guest on HuffPost Live. She has also been published on Watch The Yard and Blavity.

Aleidra received her Bachelor of Science in Community Communications and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky (UK). She later earned her Master of Arts in Education (specialization in Higher Education Administration) from Louisiana State University (LSU). Aleidra is a board member for Continuity, an active member of the Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a “Big” in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a member of the choir at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO.

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