Deuteronomy 26:13

On tithing:

…then you shall say before the Lord your God, “I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me.”

Deuteronomy 26:13a in the English Standard Version

This really jumped out at me yesterday in regards to our giving:

  • The Levite: our tithe to Springfield Vineyard Church.
  • The sojourner: our donation to the ACLU who continue to advocate on behalf of immigrants, particularly the children imprisoned in internment camps on the southern border of the USA.
  • The fatherless: next month, we’ll begin giving to the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield. Those kids aren’t necessarily fatherless, but this fits with the idea of helping provide for kids.
  • The widow: our donation to both Planned Parenthood and the Pregnancy Care Center. Again, not specifically to widows, but potentially to help women who aren’t otherwise getting the help they need.

Verse 13 continues through verse 14:

I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them. I have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the Lord my God. I have done according to all that you have commanded me.

Deuteronomy 26:13b-14 in the English Standard Version

My 1% Pledge

pledgeIn 2014, Atlassian co-founded the Pledge 1% organization, which is a commitment by a company to donate 1% of its time, equity, and product to charity. This was announced broadly by Atlassian at Summit 2015, along with Adaptavist’s commitment to join Pledge 1%.

As part of our 1% pledge, staff at Adaptavist can work with a charity of their choice, and I have been working with Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) this year. I visit a few prisoners a month and spend an hour with each, just talking and getting to know them. One of the things that I like about PVS is that there’s no real agenda or ulterior motive; I’m not there to proselytize or try to get the prisoners to join up or do anything in particular. I’m just there to spend time with them.

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