The issue of paying taxes in the Bible is one of those cases where I, and perhaps all of us, would like God to have said something different.
This time we will review a bible fragment to get closer to the idea of what the Bible says about paying taxes.
I invite you to read it:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
The authorities that exist have been established by God.
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.
Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
Then do what is right and you will be commended.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Romans 13:1; 3; 6-7
If you were waiting for me to tell you that you don’t need to pay taxes, or incite you to civil disobedience, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I can’t do it.
The Bible teaches on multiple occasions that taxes must be paid, even Jesus taught us that by saying:
(…) give by ceasing what is caesar’s and to God what is God’s.
In the event that governments do not impose orders on us that conflict with obedience to God, or lead us to act or support evil, God tells us that we must obey them.
In this specific case, the apostle Paul is talking about the civil authorities.
Interesting as it may seem, it says that these are ministers of God, since they are concerned with maintaining civil order and punishing those people who do not act correctly in society.
The apostle states that to oppose the authorities is to oppose God, and that they must respect them and pay the taxes that allow them to continue to function.
In the historical context of the time, the Jews were agitated and making revolts.
The Lord did not want Christians to fall into this same situation, and later justify by themselves the persecution that would be upon them.
Genuine Christianity has never had ambitions for earthly power.
The Bible teaches us to support governments, to pray for rulers, and to pay our taxes.
Personally, this is not my favorite part of the Christian life, since in many cases taxes seem to be excessive or unfair, yet it is our duty to do good even if others do not take care of it.
It is easy to be discouraged from paying taxes when we think of ourselves alone.
Yet, the Bible teaches us that we must look at things from a broader perspective and understand that taxes are the means by which many of the blessings we enjoy are funded.
These include public safety, infrastructure improvements, some essential services and the functioning of the state in general.
The next time you have to pay your taxes, think that you are not only contributing to something bigger than yourself, but that you are obeying God in doing so.
I hope these words have been a blessing to your life.
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