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The Christian's Response to Taxes (37 of 47)
No one enjoys paying taxes. No matter how just or unjust they may seem. We live in times today that it seems people are becoming more and more hostile to government. They rebel against government in so many ways and one of the biggest ways that people rebel against government is by not paying taxes. It is not right for Christians to try to circumvent the tax code by any means necessary, that is either illegal or unethical. It was estimated a number of years ago that the IRS would not receive some 93 billion dollars due to tax fraud in the US.
People will use many excuses as to why they do not want to pay taxes. Things like taxes in the US are unjust. The government is crooked. The government uses our tax money for things that are immoral. Yes, those things are probably true, but as we look at the times that Paul is writing this, and the Roman government that was over these people, we will see that the government then was probably more crooked than our own.
The only true fair tax system that the world has ever known was revealed in the Mosaic Law in ancient Israel. But even then the people hated the taxes so much that they soon tried to find ways to circumvent the tax system.
During the times that Paul is writing this book, the world around him was controlled by the Roman government, whose leaders often times claimed that they were God's. Many times these rulers demanded worship from the people around them. During the final years of the Roman Empire, the country became a huge welfare state. Where people did not work, but basically lived off the government. This placed a heavy load on those who did work to support those who did not work. Besides all this, some of the taxes that were collected were used to fund the building and upkeep of pagan temples.
In Israel as with all the other countries of the Roman Empire, the government used nationals to c ...
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