My wife and I are facing a moral dilemma: Keep our home or stay true to our faith. Let me explain.
Between July 2010 and December 2011 I was unemployed. During most of that time I was a full-time student at Northwest University and my family survived off of my GI Bill housing allowance. We paid our mortgage as long as we could but eventually our savings ran out. My parents helped for a few months but that well dried up, too. Long-story-short: We have not paid our mortgage in over a year and our house is in foreclosure.
Today my wife and I met with a representative of our bank in a mediation preceding and he made us an offer that would allow us to keep our home. However, in order to make the monthly payments we would have to stop tithing. Should we make a deal with the bank that would let us keep our home but prevent us from tithing, or should we stay faithful to God with our finances and lose our home in a foreclosure sale?
The red-blooded American husband and father in me knows the responsible choice is to keep our home and tithe in the future when we are able. God isn’t short on cash and He knows where our heart is; maybe He will let us slide for a while.
The Christ-follower in me remembers a widow in Scripture who gave two copper coins, all her worldly wealth, to God. Maybe a foreclosure sale is God’s way of moving my family where He wants us.
At the end of the day I want to accept God’s will in my life and do as He commands. Please pray that my wife and I will be open to hearing God’s voice on this issue, and that we will have the courage to do as He asks.