Money 8: Taxes

Watch the video or read the lesson text … or both.

Lesson Text

Scripture reading:

Romans 13:6-7
Mark 12:14-17

Discussion:

Romans 13:6-7 and Mark 12:14-17 teach us to pay the taxes and tributes we owe. There really is not much to say on this point.

Not a small number of people believe that the government takes too much in tax and disagree with our taxation system. That’s all well and good, but we also have to balance our Biblical commands to obey and respect the government. When Jesus was asked to pay taxes, He did, even though the money was provided through a miracle.

Pull out a dollar bill for a moment. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

If you read the words, you will notice “Federal Reserve” printed on the bill. This is Caesar’s image, as Jesus said in Mark 12:14-17. Because we are using the Federal Reserve’s currency, they have the right and obligation to exact a “user fee” – or a tax.

1 Samuel 8 also outlines all the things the government will do when we defer to them rather than look to God. This is a lesson here not to become dependent on the government or encourage big government, because the more we depend on them, the bigger they will grow and the more taxes they will seek. We must depend on God. Looking to the government is the rebellion God identifies in 1 Samuel 8. After all, governments can and do fail. Why would you put your trust in a government that is capable of failure?

This is why I am against big government. A big government reduces the responsibility of both the individual and the church, and Scripture makes it clear that both the individual and the church must play key roles in society.

Now, for what you really hoped to find. There are legitimate ways to deal with an inability to pay taxes. These include an offer in compromise, suspending collections when you do not have much in income or assets, or making installment payments. Zacchaeus Financial Counseling, Inc. is licensed to provide representation before the IRS as one of our services to clients, and we have assisted a number of clients in legally and legitimately reducing their tax liabilities.