I've never really been fond of them. I grew up thinking a man's gift to God is between a man (or woman) and God. However, they are very popular these days. And lately - I've discovered that yes, they do haunt you. My church had a lot of people sign pledge cards and then went into debt over a new Sanctuary. I refused to sign one. I've always given privately, usually cash, sometimes a check, when the offering is gathered. I don't deduct my offering on my tax return, but I do give. I didn't sign the pledge card because at the time they asked for them, I was having major conflicts with the person I worked for. I was afraid if I pledged something I couldn't live up to it. Now, the church has discovered a lot of people can't meet their pledge, or just aren't meeting their pledges. In any case - the church is having budget problems. So, they are begging people to live up to their pledges, etc. Enter - the "situation." During the discussion about all of this at a church event the other day, I noticed that there was one particular person who kept glaring at me every time she made a comment about people not supporting the church. The person happens to be the wife of a treasury committee deacon. Now - I ~might~ be wrong, but frankly, the feeling I got was that since she (or perhaps her spouse) hasn't seen my name fly by, she assumes I don't tithe. I actually thought about sitting down and telling her what I do give - then it hit me. Its REALLY none of her business. As it is some people in the church actually know what I give, and that it is usually cash. They know because it either came up in conversation, or they sit next to me in church on Sunday. The thing is - - - this woman's apparent assumption is one of the things that bothers me about pledge cards. The other thing is the mess the church is in financially. And another .. thing that bothers me, is that now I keep hearing a lot of people drop the phrase, "Well, we don't feel guilty, we meet our pledged amount." Then a pregnant pause during which everyone else snaps out, "So do we!" Well, I'm sure many do who aren't rushing out to tell the world they do. Why should people eager to "look good" make them "look bad" because they choose silence? I do see how the cards can help you plan a budget, but I can see the negatives too. So - pro or con - how do you feel about the things?