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12/05/2012
But I would like to endorse an idea put forward by Jim Wallis of the Sojourners community (sojo.net). Reverend Wallis is calling for a “Christmas tithe” as a way to balance the frenzy of consumption with a living example of actually celebrating the birth of the Christ-child. Wallis says: “Let’s keep it simple: Keep track of all your holiday spending for gifts this year, and then tithe a percentage of that amount to an organization that directly serves the poor. A tithe is traditionally 10 percent, but you could decide to do less or even more. But make a decision about your Christmas tithe and pledge it to groups that are now struggling to respond to the highest number of Americans in poverty in half a century, and to those who focus on the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. This is a time to give more — not less.”