“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Rendering to “Caesar”
(Please read Luke 20:19-26)
It’s that time again – time to pay those income taxes. And time to be dues-paying citizens of this great country. It is the season of the year when politicians can make hay by promising lower taxes and oozing sympathy for people in lower-income brackets who may have to struggle to get their taxes paid. Other politicos likely will be talking about soaking the rich for even more of their money.
Whether you’re rich or poor, you’re likely to become frustrated to some degree by the maze of rules and instructions for filing returns and paying taxes because, although attempts are often made to simplify the system, it seems to keep growing more and more complicated.
Some people occasionally refuse to pay their taxes in protest of some government policy, and some honestly feel that to pay taxes is to endorse every evil thing they perceive the government to be guilty of. But, as our text indicates, Jesus paid taxes to the Roman Empire — and he knew there was much wrong with that totalitarian regime.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul admonished, “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authority. . .” (13:1, NASB) and “For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due. . .” (13:6-7).
Since the Lord expects us to pay our taxes, try doing it with a smile. You’ll feel better all day.