Goodness: Net or Gross?

by Regis Boff

I am secretive about good deeds. I never donate to charities when contacted by them. I don’t give a dollar at the supermarket or movie theater. I only offer help unseen. I never expect a thank you.
I grew up in a simple Methodist Church. The Church said that tithing is “the minimum goal of giving”. It did not specify net or gross. Some people tithed out of their gross income and​ many from their adjusted gross. The most religiously​ heroic committed from after-tax income. God can always work on the details later.” To us, He was more an accountant than Deity.