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TITHING AND GIVING - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:       tithing, joyful giving
SCRIPTURE:   Lev.27:30, Neh.10:37, Mal.3:8-10, 2Cor.9:7
Style:       allegory/conversation: 3 people collect a heart
.            from a desk (representing their lives
.            and means to make a living that God
.            supplies us).  One takes it and runs.
.            Others give back different amounts
.            of tithes and gifts.
Cast:        CLERK, PERSONS 1 & 2 & 3
Set & Props: 2 big paper checks,
.            2 big paper hearts, desk

SCRIPT:

CLERK   This is a simple allegory
.       of God’s giving and OUR giving.

(CLERK stands behind a desk.
PERSON 1 approaches the desk.
CLERK hands PERSON 1 a check and a heart.)

CLERK   Here is your life, and your means
.       to make a living.  I can keep
.       your life safe for you, if you want?

P1      No! It’s mine. All mine!

(PERSON 1 tightly clutches the check and heart
and leaves.)

(PERSON 2 approaches the desk.
CLERK hands PERSON 2 a check and a heart.
PERSON 3 enters and waits in line listening.)

CLERK   Here’s your life, and your means
.       to make a living.  I can keep
.       your life safe for you, if you want?

P2      Thanks.  Ah, how much?

CLERK   It’s free.  I just need your entire heart.
.       I can’t keep your life safe
.       if I don’t have your entire heart.
.                                                   2
P2      Okay.

(PERSON 2 hands their heart back to the CLERK.)

CLERK   This guarantees that you have eternal life.

P2      You sure I don’t have to pay
.       to keep it there?

CLERK   I’m sure.  The price has already been paid
.       in full.  Now, I also provide a place
.       for you to go for help and encouragement.
.       It takes 10 percent of your income to
.       help maintain that, but no one is going
.       to force you.

P2      Hm, do I HAVE to?  I mean, will my
.       eternal life be endangered if I don’t?

CLERK   No, your eternal life will always be safe.

(PERSON 2 steps aside, thinking.
PERSON 3 approaches the desk.
CLERK hands PERSON 3 a check and a heart.)

P3      Thank you!  I’d like that eternal life,
.       please, and I want to support
.       that place of encouragement and help.

(PERSON 3 hands their heart back to CLERK.
Then PERSON 3 hands over their entire check.)

CLERK   I only expect 10 percent to maintain that.

(PERSON 3 rips off a tenth of the check to give.)

P3      You mean, I get to keep 90 percent?!  Wow!

(PERSON 3 starts to walk away, then goes back.
PERSON 3 rips the check in half and
gives one half to the CLERK.)

P3      You know, I have more than enough to live on,
.       you’ve been so generous to me.  I want you
.       to have all of this as a gift.

CLERK   Thank you.                                  3

P3       (happily)  Thank YOU.

(PERSON 3 walks away. PERSON 2 begrudgingly rips off
a tenth of their check and gives it to the CLERK.)

P2      Here is my tenth!

(Feeling guilty, PERSON 2 begrudgingly rips off
a tiny piece and gives it to the CLERK. )

CLERK   10 percent is a tithe which I expect.
.       Anything more than that is considered
.       a gift of giving.  I expect the “gift-giving”
.       to be “as you are able”,
.       and “joyful”, otherwise,
.       I’m not really interested.

(PERSON 2 starts to take the gift back, but then has
a humble change of heart and gives it back.)

P2      No, I really want to give this,
.       and I do want it to be with a joyful heart.

CLERK   Thank you.

(PERSON 2 walks away with a happy sigh.)

CLERK   Leviticus 27:30 says “A tithe of everything...
.       belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”
.       and 2 Corinthians 9:7 says,
.       “Each man should give what he
.       has decided in his heart to give,
.       not reluctantly or under compulsion
.       for God loves a cheerful giver.”