This is Brother Franklin, and every time I think of him, my heart smiles. He’s a dancer and he’s so over the top! He’s so into his dancing, which is a fusion of many styles. Brother Franklin is a lover of the Lord, and isn’t afraid to worship Him! When Brother Franklin comes to bring his tithe to the church, he is definitely praising the Lord through the dance. He is dancing like the biblical King David danced. Fred Hammond describes it in the song this way:
When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon my heart I will dance like David danced. When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon my heart I will dance like David danced. I will dance, dance, dance like David danced, I will dance, dance, dance like David danced…
Imagine, bringing so much joy and happiness with you as you bring your tithe to the church! When the Spirit does come upon you, you feel priviledged to give to the Lord’s work. You really need the Spirit in order to feel good about giving away anything, especially money. After all, many people feel that tithing is a brand new trick that the Prosperity Gospel Preachers invented, and they also believe it’s a reason not to tithe.
We should remember what the tithe is for. It is a means to help those who are less fortunate than we. It is one of God’s ways of directing us to show love and compassion to each other. It takes alot for us to give up our money, so God is working on our hearts when we do give our tithe to the church. It also is the way for the church to be a blessing to the people it serves. God works the entire thing all together for His greater good.
(The second video is crazy! It’s too funny how the Dad snatches his daughter out of Brother Franklin’s way!)
Unfortunately, so many of the good things of God are inverted and turned into negatives through the ugliness and avarice of man. Then, as we look upon their greed with disgust, we become confused and blame it all on the good things of God. If the church (we who are believers) is supposed to help those in need, then how can we, without sacrificing something? We live in the material world. God has placed us here, so we have to live, move and have our being right here. It’s material – money, time, resources, that we share with each other. We aren’t supposed to look at someone in need and tell them: God bless you, I pray that He provides for you, when we have the provision that person needs! If it’s in our power to help, then we SHOULD help right then and there.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
As for those churches that are not doing God’s work and helping those in need with the tithes and offerings they receive, we are gifted with discernment by the Lord, and we have the free will choice to withhold our gifts from these. We can choose to disassociate from those churches. We are not bound. Jesus said:
Matthew 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Jesus also said this:
Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
If Jesus told us to watch out for them, then that means we are not bound by them. So we don’t have to accept their lies masquerading as truth. We don’t have to give our gifts to those who intend to misuse them. Unless, of course, we want to believe their lies for our own greedy purposes. On the other hand, we shouldn’t look for reason to disprove the legitamacy of the tithe, just because there are misusers out there telling lies. The tithe is a simple concept. Put aside a portion so that we can help others in need.
In old Jewish culture, their law was to not reap their fields to the very edges, nor pick up the grapes that had fallen, nor go over their fields a second time, so that “foreigners” or destitute people could come along and glean those parts of the field and gather enough to tide them over in their times of need. (Leviticus 19:9-10.) And this is a good societal concept that we can see in action today. Those who feed the hungry, grocery give aways, helping fix elders’ houses, car giveaways for single mothers, clothing donations and giveaways, tutoring, pro bono legal services, adult literacy classes, Oprah’s school in South Africa, you giving money to your family and knowing they cant repay, people taking in their family members who are homeless, grandmas babysitting their grandchildren, helping a poor person to buy a house. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
So it’s a Godly concept, and it’s a very practical concept. And to be able to do your part with joy in your heart is a great blessing! And that’s why I love Brother Franklin. He takes it to the extreme and bigs it up in a funny and endearing way. There’s a whole lot of show-off in Brother Franklin, but so what? You still gotta love him.
- Jamaican “Patois” Version of the Bible – Legitimate?https://nachalooman.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/jamaican-patois-version-of-the-bible-legitimate/
- Leymah Gbowee – Sword of God’s Wisdom https://nachalooman.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-sword-of-gods-wisdom-leymah-gbowee/
- My Cousin, Bernadette – A woman after Gods heart https://nachalooman.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/my-cousin-bernadette-a-woman-after-gods-heart/
- God Said Don’t Get it Twisted -Bishop Noel Jones https://nachalooman.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/god-said-dont-get-it-twisted-bishop-noel-jones/
- Did God Really Say That We are not to Judge? https://nachalooman.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/did-god-really-say-that-we-are-not-to-judge/