By Franklin L. Kirksey
Type: History
Subject: Missions; Tithe; Stewardship
"In 1945 General Douglas MacArthur asked for ten thousand missionaries to carry the Gospel to the Orient. What an opportunity. Yet we refused to accept the challenge. Why? Simply because money was our idol and we refused to tithe our income. After all, it was going to cost as high as $2,000 per year to support a missionary. We did not send the missionaries. In 1950 there was war in Korea. We did send militarists! Instead of paying $2,000 per year, it cost us $5,000 per year -- through our tax structure -- to support every boy in khaki. With anxiety "riding herd" on us, we had the unmitigated gall to fall down on our tender knees and cry unto the Lord to spare our boys who were fighting over there, when the very warfare itself was a result of our own God-dishonoring thievery whereby we refused to pay the tithe and give offerings for the work of the Lord."John Edmund Haggai, How to Win Over Worry: A Practical Formula for Victorious Living (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1959, 1961), p. 128.