Goodness: Net or Gross?

by Regis Boff

I was raised to be secretive about good deeds. I never donate to charities when contacted by them to do so. I don’t give a dollar at the supermarket or movie theatre. I only deliver help, unseen, and I never expect a thank you. I expect my children to behave this way.
I grew up in an ascetic Methodist Church. Tithing was important. The Church says that tithing is “the minimum goal of giving”. It does not specify net or gross. Some people tithe out of their gross income. Many tithe from their adjusted gross income and many tithes out of the after-tax income. The important thing is to begin to tithe. God can always work on the details later.”
I never made enough money back then to be a good Methodist.