It’s that time of the year, dreaded by many Americans, looked forward to by some because of the refund they are getting. I thought I’d give a little glimpse into my take on taxes.
Do I like paying them? Of course not. Should I pay them? Definitely. Jesus was asked once about taxes. Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away. (Matthew 22:15-22 NIV)
So we all know as US citizens that a portion of what we make the government has already laid claim to (tax law). We may not like it, but it’s our duty as citizens of the United States to pay taxes. The leaders we’ve elected to oversee our government have to get money to operate with somehow. We may not agree with all of their projects and money handling, but we have no choice.
So, your “tax day” can be miserable or it can be slightly pleasant. Nobody expects us to be 100% happy paying in because enough wasn’t withheld from our paychecks or paid in quarterly by those of us self-employed, but look at the bright side of it all.
Look at what you DO get to keep. Look at what you made for the year. Remember that since we all belong to God, so does our income. So when you write that check for taxes, don’t let it get you down. It could be worse, you could have a big fat ZERO for income.
If you don’t like how the government handles it finances, be sure to pay attention to who you are voting for and what their fiscal spending values are.
I’ll be honest, in the past, I’ve dreaded my taxes every year. But this year was a little different. I truly thought that I would have to pay in some this time because of the changes in the tax laws. But I didn’t “dread” my taxes this year, I procrastinated on actually preparing them, but I didn’t dread them. I managed to come out of it all with a little refund, not as good as last year’s, but a refund, nonetheless.
Oh, and by the way, if you feel like you didn’t have enough charitable contributions to include on your return this time…(shameless plug for donations here)…remember that you can make a tax deductible donation to the Live Oak Baptist Church Angel Food Program, just get in touch with me and I can give you a receipt for your donation. 🙂
For more commentary on subject of Christians and taxes, please take a look at The Christian Taxpayer, written by Steve Scalici.