But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’
'By offering defiled food on my altar.'
But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’
By saying 'that the Lord’s table is contemptible.'
When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?' says the Lord Almighty.
'Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?'—says the Lord Almighty. 'Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and I will accept no offering from your hands. My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,' says the Lord Almighty. But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’ And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,' says the Lord Almighty. 'When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?' says the Lord. 'Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and my name is to be feared among the nations'" (NIV Malachi 1:6-14 ).
I just took a survey about supporting missionaries and Christian workers, you can take it at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/
At the end there is a link to an article, which was more of a summary of missionary needs. What shocked me was that so many missionaries and Christian workers are poor. This is disgusting! Christians in North America are going to Disney Land, buying Xfinity cable packages, iphones, Escalades and new homes, while missionary kids are saying things like, "I don't ever want to be a missionary because it means you have to be poor." The Lord looks on this with disgust and says "woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation" (Luke 6:24).
You might say, "well I'm not rich." If you live in North America, you are rich. In this map, the average citizens in the purple countries make between 33-50 thousand dollars a year. The average person on the planet makes about 5,000 dollars a year. That's how much I was making per summer as a high school student. Does God expect Christians living in those countries to give to their Christian workers and missionaries? Of course. And they do give. But since we make about ten times the amount they do, how much more should we give?
"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you." (NKJV James 5:1-6)