Thursday, September 07, 2006

Rendering to God and Man

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, which did not like the new federal bankruptcy law that became effective last year, have issued a press release lamenting a recent ruling that the new law prohibits Christians in bankruptcy from tithing until they have met their obligations to their debtors. Previous bankruptcy law allowed charitable giving to be included as a monthly expense.

Leaving aside the legal and legislative issue, this situation strikes The Oracle as presenting a moral quandary. Christians have scriptural responsibilities both to give financially to the church and also to meet their financial obligations to their fellow man. How are those competing mandates appropriately delineated when one is bankrupt?

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