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Opinions of Monday, 11 May 2009

Columnist: Adede, Mercy Bolus

Churches still demand 10 % of one's salary

Unemployment is rising in Europe and Africa yet churches still demand 10 % of one’s salary -Is this necessary

Who is benefiting? Why do we need to pay 10 % of our salary to a church, which have no social responsibility to the local communities?

Churches run on charitable status and so therefore do not pay any tax yet demand and accumulate 10% of its member’s salaries tax-free.

The question is why do the churches demand the 10% if they give nothing away to the Government or the local community?

Should the paying of tithe be optional or compulsory this is debatable?

With the global recession and the rising unemployment rate should churches play an active role in getting engaged in social responsibilities?

Many church families are going hungry to save some money to pay their tithe and satisfy their Ministers and church members.

The question is what are churches actively doing to review hardship among families among them and measure to reduce any stress?

Or do churches get involved in developmental issues?

Currently, many churches hardly contribute to local development for example, routine general cleaning of communities before or after church to keep communities clean and tidy.

Or invest in removing silt from open gutters in their communities?

Perhaps building bus stops or benches for their local garden parks, install litterbins as a way of helping their communities would good example for the communities.

Developmental projects would have been excellent of using church money. Great Christian organisations and some Moslem organisation started building libraries and pushing ahead with research and development back in the earlier centuries.

Why can we change this mindset?

Why can’t church Ministers play a dual role by engaging in a part time work and church duties if possible?

Everyone is multi tasking these days so why can’t church Ministers to generate much needed funds for their families.

It is only fair and proper for all churches to earmark some funds for developmental issues for the communities they operate.

In absence of such measures, in the mean time some Pastors and Church Ministers are abusing their powers undermining the church.

The spreading the word of God and life of our Lord does not equate to looting and amassing church wealth or does it?

Some church leaders do not even the qualities and skills of a leader and assume that they can lead. These group only focus on the Bible from their perspective and ignore the other elements of great leaders need as a competent.

Ghanaians must ask questions rather than assuming that a particular church is next to God.

You may find that God is using each and every individual wherever one might be. It is being that example Jesus played on earth that matters. Christ’s humility and simplicity thus loving people unconditionally is the example he shared with us.

In current times, while some churches for example, The Catholic, Presbyterian Churches and SDA and a few more contribute to developmental project sadly many more do not.

This is what the Government may need to encourage within our society. All churches may need to take on the ethos of social responsibility as their role within our society. .

This would encourage congregants who struggle to pay their tithe to know the there are the strategic objective of their church.

Why are churches investing in even building more churches?

Is there a quota as to the number of churches and the monitoring of noise level in a particular area?

Why do we need more churches when lack basics for example public toilets, libraries and town halls in every communities.

Ghanaians now need to demand accountability and transparencies within every church no matter small it may be. A quarterly or an annual account would be ideal. This would be deemed as good governance within our churches.

Churches have often preyed on people’s emotionally vulnerability in times of real need.