“Tax Helps Other People!” (Romans 13: 6, ESV) by Carley Evans

Paul says, “Pay to all what is owed them: taxes to whom taxes are owed.” (Romans 13: 7)

I don’t know anyone who likes to pay tax. Sales tax is up; property tax is high; income tax seems unfair. Our taxes pay for services we don’t support. Our taxes pay for benefits for other people!

Paul reminds us that a government worker works full-time for us. He or she is in the public service, and deserves to be supported financially. Our tax pays the salaries of government workers! Paul writes, “For [the government authority] is God’s servant for your good.” (Romans 13: 4)

Taxes pay for hospitals, schools, roads, police, firefighters, emergency personnel, judges, national guardsmen, military personnel and services, mayors, governors, congressmen, presidents and White House staffs. Taxes pay for wasteful spending on occasion, too. Taxes also pay for the health-care and welfare of those who are unemployed or in our country illegally. Taxes help other people!

“For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.” (Romans 13: 6)

Jesus says, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22: 21)

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