I have in general re-evaluated other things where I sort of pay dues. For example, do I use Hulu enough to make to it worthwhile? (I believe I do currently get enough bang for the buck with Hulu.) I don't expect to get anything back from the church, especially since I'm not currently attending (I don't believe my ward is practicing appropriate COVID safety). I do somewhat see tithing as covering my share of expenses (heat/AC, electricity, etc.) and things like the Christmas party (which I did not attend this year) plus subsidizing those who can't actually afford their fair share. But that's sort of where the rub has come in of late - I'm not benefitting from the heat, electricity or parties while still subsidizing others. My ward has even refused to stream for those who won't come out of concern for our safety (while saying they don't judge, but I don't see how they're following the prophet's counsel to be inclusive either). If only other people were using my Hulu account I would probably forgo paying for Hulu anymore.
I have also felt as though the church has been spending millions on things like a temple in Madagascar while people there are starving due to drought, and that's not right. How many could we feed with what's being spent on that temple? And that's just one example.
Then there's Jeff Green's resignation where he, apparently in a letter to Pres. Nelson, really ripped the church's spending https://www.thedailybeast.com/utahs-ric ... ion-letter.
Taking the church, Utah’s largest nonprofit, to task over its “more than $100 billion in assets,” Green demanded the organization do “more to help the world and its members.” Mormons, “often poor,” give to the Church “expecting the blessings of heaven,” he wrote.
“Instead, I think the church has exploited its members and their need for hope to build temples, build shopping malls, and cattle ranches… rather than alleviating human suffering in or out of the church.”
I don't disagree with Mr. Green.“The church leadership is not honest about its history, its finances, and its advocacy,” Green, a former Mormon missionary and Brigham Young University graduate, added. “I believe the Mormon church has hindered global progress in women’s rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights.”
So what I'm really doing is considering redirecting some of my tithing to causes that I think are more worthwhile and helpful, including local food banks and human services. Have any of you had experience with doing this and how do you feel about it?