It’s no secret that we are in some tough times, and in such times, drastic measures need to me taken to get members of the LDS church back to work. I’m talking about church service, and how no one wants to do it anymore. People need some kind of an incentive, or benefit, to be convinced to go out and do some canning, or attend a church meeting. The days where people will accept blessings as payment for their hard work are gone. That is why I’m proposing a tithing write-off system in the church.
First of all, time needs to be written off at 50%, meaning that for every minute I spend doing church work, I should be able to deduct .50 cents from my tithing. I believe this would help stimulate labor in the church, as a lot of the middle and lower class would rather spend time doing service then paying tithing (but not both). Also, mileage should also be deducted at 50% per mile. Those long trips over to the church house and temple are taking years off my car, and someone needs to be held responsible.
Expenses, such as garments, church clothes, ties, church reading materials, etc… This will stimulate people to learn and study more, and dress nicer at church meetings. While we’re on the subject, time spent reading the scriptures and at family night should also be deductible at 50% per minute. If I know that by spending ten minutes per day studying the scriptures I can save $5 on tithing, I’m all over that. And suddenly spending Monday nights bowling with the family sounds much more appealing then Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The biggest benefit to tithing write-offs, obviously, is going to help the rich, which is why we need to offer higher tax write-off incentives to the super-wealthy. These incentives will trickle down and help the rest of the church members. For example, offering a vacation home or cabin for a church getaway, or taking the youth to a basketball game, should provide huge tithing write-off advantages to the wealthy. Letting us use their truck to move chairs or other church equipment, or lending us their nice laptops for a presentation, are other examples of ways the rich can help the middle class through church service. By allowing the wealthy to pay less tithing, we will see more opportunities for the lower classes to move up and serve in other ways.
Blessings in the afterlife are nice, but if we want to stimulate church service, we need to offer financial incentives now. Clearly, a tithing write-off program is the best way to do that.