“That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.” Romans 13:6-7
By April 18, people all over the United States will be rushing off to the post office to mail their tax forms, or they will be pushing the key on their computer that says SEND and file electronically. For the past few days, I’ve spent hours gathering facts, building an Excel spreadsheet to capture expenses, and more hours filling in the blanks on TurboTax. After the program calculated my income verses expenses, the results said I could use the standard itemized deduction. Go figure. But fortunately, I got the results I had hoped for. I owed no taxes and would get a refund.
When Apostle Paul addressed the Romans, he told them to be on good terms with the government they had to be responsible citizens. But he also said the government needed to work to their advantage.
I have no problem paying my fair share of taxes. I need to support my country which I enjoy living. However, even though it would be a long, boring document to read, I would like to see an itemization of how our tax money is being spent. Or maybe not—the waste would make it hard for me to respect the leaders.
Lord, help us complain less about paying taxes and be grateful for the income you have provided. Amen.