In my Fatherland, it has become familiar to us not to be served at the grocery at the corner of our house, because the shopkeeper hasn’t had “coins” for our money change. This situation has been generalized in the extend which it has been embrace by the retail sector as normal: make sufficient coins provision or you are not serve! Furthermore, some coins (CFA 1; 5; 10) have lost their conversion value by popular usages. All is not doom because the Central Bank closely monitor the circulation and stock of the coins around the CFA zone. It is a task of the CFA system to ensure an efficient and smooth supply of the coins and to maintain the integrity and the inflation low throughout the zone. However, the aim of this posting is because the” Church” as human institution, has joined the civil society in precipitating the useless of coins by advocating with seriousness that the believers only tithe in banknotes or fiduciary money. What concrete visible form are we giving to our doctrine? Most importantly what direction is laid out for us in the Holy scriptures?
Mark 12: 41-44 ” The widow’s offering”…a poor widow came, and she cast in two (2) small brass coins…for they all gave out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, gave all that she had to live on.”
Her offering was the whole of her income for that day, or perhaps, the whole of the money in her possession at that time.Jesus spoke to show, that it is the disposition of the mind in deeds of charity, and oblations made to worship of God, which God regards and not magnificence of the gift.The poor charity springs from self-denying love and can only be translated in few “coins” in our context, 2 Corinthians 9:7 “let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a CHEERFUL GIVER.”Both the poor and the rich, and especially the” Body of Christ” may learn an important lesson from this passage of the gospel IN TERMS OF SEARCHING for financial resources to spray the gospel & flourish. God look into the heart values it not according to what it is in itself.