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For all who can give, pandemic is great time for a national tithe to help those in need

(USA Today)

By Ryan Streeter, USA Today Opinion Contributor

 

It’s time for a national tithe.

Tithing is the idea that you regularly give a small percentage of your income to help those in need and to provide for the good of the community. It is based on the simple principle that all of us gain more when we sacrifice individually.

This national tithe should be voluntary, not mandated, and only those with jobs and income should participate. But we should regard it seriously enough during the pandemic that all of us who are able to do so should feel obligated to participate in it, and embarrassed if we do not.

The pandemic is asking a lot of us. As usual, Americans are responding creatively, and sometimes heroically, as they help their neighbors and communities.

Religious groups and nonprofits have set up makeshift food banks; doctors and nurses have come out of retirement to aid local hospitals; and distillers have cut into their bottom line to make complimentary hand sanitizer for local hospitals and clinics. Stories like these abound across the country. But even this unmatched generosity is not enough. Given the scale of the problems we will face in the coming months, we need to do more, even more than our government is already doing.

Read the rest of the article. (link https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/08/amid-coronavirus-pandemic-time-right-national-tithe-column/2960162001/)