As if we need any more proof that a golden heart beats in the chest of Chris Martin, here it is : he is a tither!
His Mama even told him to do it. Chris Martin talking about Coldplay & tithing :: as a kid his Mum said ‘.. this is tithing. Get used to it..’
Such generosity of spirit shows true qualities of goodness and an admirable desire to listen to his mother–another good quality. In a story in the UK Daily Mail,
“Chris Martin has $90 million dollars in the bank but he isn’t keeping it to himself. The generous singer has revealed he gives away ten percent of his all earnings.
The superstar told Today’s Richard Wilkins that his mum taught him to donate to the needy when he was just ten-years-old. He’s carried on the tradition ever since.
‘Ten percent of Chris’ pocket money goes to charity,’ Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland joked on the show. “
“In fact, Chris revealed his entire band Coldplay share ten percent of their $475 million net worth with 28 charities and take their donations very seriously.
The super group support a wide range of foundations, including Amnesty International, City of Hope and the Red Cross.” What generous souls indeed.
Chris and the band maybe looking for a tax break but they are following sound Biblical doctrine also.
Jesus made it clear that we are obligated to be generous to those in need (Matthew 25:31-46).
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (NIV, Matthew 5:42)
Giving is to be done cheerfully, rather than as an obligation (2 Corinthians 9:6-7), and not for the purpose of public recognition (Matthew 6:1-4). The right amount to give may be more or less than ten percent, depending on one’s circumstances (Matthew 19:21, Luke 18:22, 21:1-4, Hebrews 13:16, 1 John 3:17). Generous giving is an acknowledgment that everything we have is a gift from God, and is to be used in His service (Luke 12:33, Acts 20:35, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, James 1:17, 1:27, 1 Peter 4:10).
ALL praises to the band and Chris Martin for tithing 10%. No doubt Our Beloved in Coldplay is a good man indeed.