DEBT | FEB 12, 2021

Taxes - The Bible on Money

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” - Romans 13:1 (NKJV)

We’ve found so much peace during chaos. It’s unexplainable.

While others around lose sleep and worry throughout their day because of what some political leader in their town may or may not enforce, we have a sense of peace. No, not because we agree or disagree with what goes on in the day to day of government. No, not because we are unaffected. No, not because we have no sense of empathy. We have peace because we are the Lord’s.

Peace be with you, because our Father does not allow anyone to sit in a position for however many years without Him designing it that way. Tax cuts, tax hikes, tax write-offs… The trajectory of your life will not be altered because of these things. But by your faith in God. What authority says is theirs, is theirs. And what God says is His… is His (Romans 13:5-7; Matthew 22:17-21; Mark 12:14-17).

The laws and rules we follow may not be what we think are right. But God instructs us to obey. Nothing exempts us. No seat, no influence, no amount of money (2 Kings 3:4 & 15-20; Ezra 6:8).

We all do our part. When taxes are high and when they are low, we trust that God will provide for us. See, because if we go against the grain and hold onto what we think is right by evading authority, we’re ultimately telling our Father we choose not to hold onto His plan. We don’t trust His judgment, His decision to allow that person to sit in that seat. For every choice we make, there is a consequence. What good is it to do good for ourselves and harm the rest (Ezra 4:13)?

Part of living righteously means to live obediently, faithfully. And we are rewarded for our obedience (1 Samuel 17:25; Ezra 7:24).

Sometimes we have to ask: Are you “okay” because of who sits in office and you’re comfortable with how they’re appropriating the monies they’ve received from you? Or are you “okay” because you trust God will see you through?

Do we trust our financial circumstances will be all right depending on who is in office and how they decide to tax us? Or do we trust our financial circumstances will be all right because we have the Lord providing for us?

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