On the contrary, we have an income tax structure today that is inherently unjust. We almost never hear anybody discuss this injustice. But when God set up a system of taxation, He did things differently. God said I’m going to impose a tax on my people and it’s going to be ten percent from everybody: The rich man and the poor man are not going to pay the same amount. The rich man’s going to pay much more than the poor man, but they’re both going to pay the same percentage. They’re both going to have the same responsibility. That way the rich man can’t use his power to exploit the poor man, saying, “I’m going to pay five percent, but you’re going to pay fifty percent.” The rich weren’t allowed to do that. Nor were the poor allowed to say, “We’re going to pay five percent and the rich are going to pay fifty percent because they can afford it.” What that is ladies and gentlemen is the politics of envy that legalizes theft. Anytime you vote a tax on somebody else that is not a tax on yourself, you’re stealing from your brother. And though the whole world does it and though it’s common practice in the United States of America, a Christian shouldn’t be caught dead voting to fill his own pocketbook at the expense of someone else. Isn’t that plain? Isn’t that clear? And until we get some kind of flat tax, we’re going to have a politicized economy, we’re going to have class warfare, and we’re going to have the whole nation’s rule being determined by the rush for economic advantage at the polls. Don’t do it. Even if that means sacrificing some benefit you might receive from the federal government. Don’t ask other people at the point of a gun to give you from their pockets what you don’t have. That’s sin.
- The choice to rejoice
- God’s Love Letter
- God’s part and my part in change
- Is Genesis History?
- Good King Asa and the blessing of God
- Get Happy
- Missional Communities
- Returning a Blessing
- Why is Christian Living So Hard?
- Don’t worry; Be happy
- God’s Power to change
- Worry Less, Live More
- A cord of three strands
- God’s two-step process for change
- You CAN change
- Why Small Groups Are So Important — Rick Warren
- The tools God uses to change us
- Rick Warren: Structuring Your Small Groups for Growth
- The gates of hell are not prevailing
- God’s Power to change your life
- SPIRITUAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
- Evangelicals are thriving, Stetzer says
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