Fred, it isn’t the “government’s money” it is the hard-working person’s money, which is why our forefathers were against a federal taxation system. It was not until the early 1900s when the government began to get into serious debt, through irresponsibility, that the Federal Reserve was formed and soon the IRS. In order to try to pay back THEIR debt they enslaved the American worker and started the federal taxation system, which has done nothing but increase the amount of taxes as the Nation Debt has increased. Our forefathers were against American citizens paying taxes unless they lived and/or worked within the Federal jurisdiction known as Washington, D.C. The federal taxation system in this country has enslaved the American worker and it directly affects the economy, even more so now that taxes are on the rise and jobs are on the decline. It’s important to check the real history of our nation. Things have not always been as they are today and were not originally intended to be this way.
O.K., let us assume a moment that all this background history is correct. I’ll be honest and say up front I am a bit in the dark when it comes to the history of the IRS and federal taxes. Let us say it is true the federal government has been enslaving hardworking Americans for many years now with a phony tax system. So, what? How is a Christian to respond to all this enslaving?
Let me offer up some thoughts in response:
It isn’t the governments money? I beg to differ. Al Capone thought this way. Now, I am in no way defending the dilapidated and corrupt tax system of the United States government, however, the federal government has enacted laws that makes it THEIR money. In addition, they have the authority to use force, usually displayed by messing up people’s personal lives like Dr. Dino, in order to get THEIR money. It does not matter how corrupt the system is or how unfair and unjust. We as Christians, according to scripture, are to render unto Caesar the things that belong to Caesar even if Caesar squanders his money on 600 million dollar bridges to no where.
I also notice that those individuals, whether Christians or not, who like to appeal to how the “Founding Fathers” set things up and invoke tax principles that applied to a small, agrarian society 200 plus years ago, are individuals who tend to have a problem with authority in general. In reference to the Christians who are like this, they take the “priesthood of the individual believer” and “the independent autonomy of the local church” just a tad too far into unbiblical extremes, so that they delude themselves into thinking they are beholden to no one except “King Jesus.” This mentality is a key reason independent fundamentalists get into trouble with the law and split churches. But let us remember that it is “King Jesus” who has ordained various authorities whether they be personal or governmental, good or bad (1 Peter 2:13-25); and when a person foolishly opposes some unfavored tax law, or even the reproof of the local pastor, the person is rebelling against “King Jesus” and He will judge his treason.
Now, to the commenter’s credit, the person did conclude the comment by saying Dr. Dino is guilty and deserves what he is getting. That I was happy to read. But, I am concerned way too many fine folks are going to find themselves in a world of hurt if they make misguided ideas about tax philosophy the standard by which they function in society.