The May/June issue of Worth magazine carried a story about an exclusive community on New York City's upper East side. You would need an income of over one million dollars a year just to live there. The people who do, give an average of $ 11,000 a year to charity. That's one percent of their income. The article noted that the average family there spent more on their pets than they gave to charity.

That will not surprise some pastors. They know that most Christian enterprises are not funded by people of extraordinary means. They are underwritten by people of ordinary means who have extraordinary faith. One pastor commented that a man in his church told him he made too much money to tithe. That pastor knew single mothers in the same congregation living on the wages of a waitress who were faithfully tithing!