|In Luke 20:21, the Chief Priest, The Scribes, and The Elders ask Jesus about paying taxes to Ceasar.|
Jesus was very clear in His response. Jesus, first had them acknowledge the established government. The coin had Ceasar's inscription, as the emperor over the Roman government (similar to our President here in America).
After the Jewish leaders acknowledged Ceasar's image on the coin, as an acknowledgment of the Roman government, Jesus said:
25 And He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Christians, we need to align how we look at government and paying taxes with God's Word. Look at what God says about taxes in Rom. 13:7:
|7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.|
As we near the end of another calendar year, talk to a tax specialist regarding several tax savings strategies. For instance, giving large sums of money as a charitable gift to your local church. Please do not overlook your local church in charitable giving.
At Mt Zion, in Ontario California, I am honored to say that our Trustees are honest and manage our finances well. Hence, feel free to give a generous donation to churches such as Mt. Zion. Again, do not overlook giving a large year end donation to the church in which you attend and serve.
Pastor Kennedy (MZO)