It’s tax day and if for any reason you didn’t know it, you may have an unpleasant surprise awaiting you.
Late last night I wrote the last check and signed the last return. Amazing, even on those rare occasions when a refund is in order, I still seem to wait until the last minute. Actually I am ahead of the game today. All I have to do is go to the post office.
Somewhere I read how dangerous today is. More accidents occur this day than almost any other day. Some people surmise we are rushing to the post office or are distracted because we are thinking about taxes.
How are we supposed to respond to this tax day?
First, be the best citizen of the kingdom of God. Being the best citizen of God’s kingdom will help you be a better citizen of your home country. Do the big things–vote, run for public office, lead a volunteer organization, pick up paper in the parking lot. Christians should be the very best citizens. Being a good citizen of God’s kingdom will make you a great citizen of any other kingdom.
Second, make sure that you participate as much as possible. Those of us who live in democracies should vote and encourage strong participation in making our countries better places. This helps fulfill God’s plan for us to live quiet and peaceful lives while giving an account for the hope that is within us (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 3:15-16).
Third, pay your taxes and seek the welfare of the place where God has placed you (Romans 13:6-7). Give respect to those who govern as those who have a responsibility before God.
Fourth, pray for those in authority. Paul did not live in a perfect system, but he recognized the responsibility to God to pray for those in authority. As we seek the welfare of those who lead, we provide for our own welfare as we are allowed to lead quiet and peaceful lives. We should be thankful for the opportunity to practice our faith in godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Finally, live holy lives and encourage others to do so as well. The prophets of the Old Testament called the people to obedience to God. We should not do anything less.
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