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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WaPo: God and the IRS: What the Bible Can Teach Us About Tax Policy

BibleWashington Post:  God and the IRS: What the Bible Can Teach Us About Tax Policy:

The church oversteps its authority when it comments on matters about which God’s Word does not give it an authoritative, prophetic voice. Yet as with many things in the Bible, we can deduce some general principles that apply to tax policy and that are grounded in Scripture’s teachings about ethics and moral conduct.

Christians sometimes talk too much and too dogmatically on behalf of their Lord. We lack either the mandate or expertise to comment about every subject with equal wisdom and authority. However, the principles of the Word of God are sure, and bear upon the formation of public policy. The biblical commands against theft and long-term indebtedness, combined with those regarding tax payments, justice, payment, and wise use, should be applied with care to the formation and implementation of any tax code.

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It's very hard to get a clear lesson from the Bible on taxation.

Posted by: michael livingston | Nov 12, 2013 1:49:20 AM