February 22, 2012
Today’s Text: Luke 20:19-26
Today’s Key Thought: A wise steward of their resources honors both God and government with them.
For many, the idea of taxes and the government’s spending of them is a sore subject. Benjamin Franklin once wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy that “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Jesus also gave his own Godly wisdom about taxes when answering some questioning men in Luke 20. According to the Bible, authority is ordained of God and is to be honored by its subjects financially. A wise steward of their resources honors both God and government with those resources. Honor is shown to God in obedience to His Word in honoring our government with its design for financial stability, taxes. Regardless of how the government uses its collected taxes, this does not negate our responsibility to honor our God and government with them. It is important though, that if how our government uses its collected taxes is inconsistent with Godly principles, we exercise your ability to change it by voting for the right use of them according to God’s principles.
I know for you guys that the idea of taxes seems like a long ways off. But, here is my question for you… How are you supposed to honor God and do right by your country right now at the age you are at?