I will give you something to consider. I will keep things small/simple just for ease.
I have a business that takes in $110, it cost $100 to operate for a year, how much do I tithe? I say $1 because I only got ahead $10 for the year. (notice how I am using 10% on everything)
All of us are considered a business by the government! In the operation of this business there are certain operational expenses such as basic food, clothing, shelter, TAXES, etc. that are always there. Now from your wages (income) these expenses are deducted. At what point is this business considered to be profitable? Do you tithe before/after taxes? What about "business" expenses to make your wages (transportation,meals,etc)? See where this is going?
The best idea I have listened to about modern tithing is this : What you spend/earn above what is necessary for basic living is what you tithe off of. Or an easy way is, what every you spend on entertainment (cars included
) give an EQUAL amount to the religious group of your choice. I have found this be much more enlightening than you would believe.
And now for my final rant. The FULL TIME leader of a religous group should have the lifestyle of the average member.
AND should have to do some other work than just religion. This may only be basic help around a meeting place or his/her own dwelling, but manual labor never killed anyone. Are they getting into religion for the money or for the calling placed in their heart?
I would like to hear any feedback on this.