UK - Donating 10 Percent to Charity

K. Farmer

John Yan has decided to start giving away at least 15% of his annual salary, despite it meaning that he’ll have to work longer into his old age.

The 27-year-old software engineer began donating part of his wages in 2019, pledging 1% that year, before raising it to 3% in 2020, and then a big jump to 15% in 2021.

“In practical terms this commitment means I’m not going to retire early,” says Mr. Yan, who lives and works in New York City. “And maybe looking ahead, I won’t be able to send my kids to private [fee-paying] school.”

He is donating the money via a global scheme called Giving What We Can (GWWC). This encourages people to sign up as a member and pledge to give 10% of their earnings to charity.

Mr. Yan, who is the child of first-generation immigrants to the US, says he knows that he is “doing better than a lot of people in the world” and wanted to give something back—to help others.

But why encourage people to give away 10% of their income rather a than higher or lower level?

“The amount was chosen because it strikes a good balance of being both significant and sustainable,” says GWWC executive director Luke Freeman. “It is a significant proportion of one’s income, but it is also within reach of most people in rich countries.”

He also points to the historical connection of the idea of tithing, a tradition in both Judaism and Christianity of giving 10% of your income to charity or the church.

-www.bbc.com, 2 December 2021

Commentary

It is striking how this secular organization has managed to convince people to donate 10 percent (or more) of their income, in line with traditional tithing in the evangelical world. The desire to “give something back—to help others” is a praiseworthy goal and should be commended.

Jesus states, “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always” (Matthew 26:11). While He does encourage helping the poor whenever you can (see Mark 14:7), the most important task is always delivering the Gospel message: “Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her” (verse 13). (By K. Farmer)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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