The Archbishop of Kampala has urged the government of Uganda to begin deducting tithes from the salaries of workers.
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga observed that many Christians of today are reluctant to pay their tithes.
According to him, the refusal of some people to regularly pay their tithes is taking a huge toll on the church.
He explained that many churches in Uganda are no longer able to undertake certain necessary projects because the tithes are not coming.
Speaking at a mass service, the Catholic Bishop, therefore, used the chance to appeal to the government.
He suggested that the government should start deducting tithes from the salaries of workers, just like taxes.
“Whenever we ask for tithe, everyone gives only what they have at that time. But the Bible says a tenth of whatever you earn belongs to the church,” Lwanga said.
“Give me your support as I front this proposal because it is good for us. Aren’t you tired of putting money in the baskets all the time?” he questioned his congregants.
He used Germany as a case study, saying the German government deducts 8-9 per cent church tax (Kirchensteuer) from annual earnings of workers who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews.
“I was told Germans made agreements with their government to deduct monthly tithe from their salaries and forward it to the church and this money they use to build and renovate their churches,” the man of God added.