American Christians are keeping all but a tiny fraction OF their wealth for themselves
While the amount of money that American Protestants give to churches has risen steadily since the end of the Second World War, our rapidly increasing wealth has far outpaced any increase in giving.
Giving to religion has averaged an annual, inflation-adjusted growth of 2.3 percent since 1963, but in the same time-period, disposable personal income has increased even more rapidly-by an average of three percent.
Statistics show that the American church is less generous now, after a half-century of unprecedented prosperity, than it was at the depth of the Great Depression. Our church giving over the last two decades has remained stagnantly around 2.5 percent whereas 40 years ago Christians were giving 3 percent, and 80 years ago, 3.5 percent.
Our giving has fallen behind that of previous generations, and more
importantly, behind the Biblical standard. Only six percent of born-again Christians even tithed in 2002.
And all the while, Americans own approximately 40 percent of the world's wealth. (provided by generousgiving.org)
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