Reach • Devotion #5: Tax Exempt
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
I do not know of anyone who likes to pay taxes. Worldatlas lists the countries with the highest taxes in the world. Ireland, Finland, United Kingdom, Japan, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands are all at about a 50% tax rate. Denmark and Sweden are about 55-56% with Aruba being the highest at close to 59%.
U.S. Code 501(c)(3) starts, “Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition…” This is part of the federal tax law and explains how churches are tax exempt.
It appears the Bible again came to mind. Ezra 7:24 says, “You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, musicians, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.” There were to be no taxes put on the house of God. Our country was founded on Christian principles. God has blessed America. We need to make sure people do not rewrite the past ignoring our God. We also need to get our focus back on God. Pray for a revival.
The Chief Justice of the United States is the presiding judge of the Supreme Court. The first Chief Justice was John Jay. He once said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Is that not surprising? The Chief Justice told the people to vote for Christians. I think we, the church, bought into a separation of church and state and stopped encouraging our children to get into politics. America needs Christian lawyers, judges, representatives, congressmen, senators, and even Presidents. We need to pray. America needs Jesus.
In 1892, the Supreme Court stated, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible that it should be otherwise; and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” I love the word, Redeemer. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” The Lord is our only Redeemer. We should want our thoughts, words, and actions to all be pleasing to Him.
Remember what we are told about the future. Job 19:25 says, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”
Jesus is coming back. He will rule!