―To whom much is given . . . much will be expected.– Luke 12:48
After celebrating our financial support for CCDP as a gift, and ensuring the regularity of our giving, the next element of Joyful Giving is proportionality.
This should be an easy concept for us – Canada has one of the most progressive income tax systems in the world, with rates rising quickly and significantly as our income rises.
But we don‘t always apply this lesson from scripture and from our tax system to our charitable giving. Consider that the average percentage of income donated to charities is roughly 5% from those earning less than $40,000 annually. Then giving drops, however, to 2.5% until rising again significantly – to over 10% – for those with incomes greater than $200,000. What results is a depressing ̳gap‘ in the charitable giving graph for incomes between $40,000 and $200,000. These are Canadian averages, mind you, and studies have shown that people of faith give at higher levels across the income spectrum.
Lots of numbers, to be sure, but that is what proportionality, as an aspect of Joyful Giving, is all about – trying to find a guidepost to apply the directive to us from Luke 12:48.
As you contemplate your final gift for 2019, and make a commitment for 2020, the Stewardship Committee hopes you will ̳mind the gap‘ which seemingly occurs as our earnings rise, to contemplate a gift that is truly proportional, relative to your circumstances.
Stay tuned for our final upcoming Joyful Giving message, on the subject of sacrificial giving. Thank you!