Paying Taxes

It’s tax time! And I’m feeling the pressure just as I’m sure many of you are.  

For the past few days I have been furiously entering data into my Quicken software so that I can be helpful to our CPA. It’s not a task that I enjoy by any means, but it’s one that must be done. So I crank up the music on 100.9 The Hill Radio and get to work.

Paying taxes is not a new concept by any means. In fact, the first mention of paying taxes in the Bible is found in 1 Samuel and continues all throughout Scripture. In fact, when Jesus was questioned on this topic, He said that we should “give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And Paul says in Romans 13:7 to “Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.”

This is a good reminder for us in today’s day and age where it is socially acceptable to resist government authority. But if we are going to live our lives according to God’s Word, then we are not only paying our taxes, but we are also giving respect and honor to those in authority.

So, as tax day approaches and we sign our tax returns for the year, let’s do it Jesus style: giving what we owe with honor and respect.

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