Luke 20: 21 – 25 – ‘… “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”’
Perhaps it is easy for us to justify why we shouldn’t pay taxes. Or why we should work hard to make sure we claim every possible expense that we can to lower our earned income when we do our taxes. God’s word clearly states that we are to give to Caesar.
As wealthy Christians, we need to set an example of integrity when it comes to our finances. Perhaps this is easier to do if we remind ourselves that God has appointed whoever is currently in government. Taxes therefore are to support a person or group of people in charge that God has allowed in this position.
Give to Caesar
If we are wealthy, chances are we are earning an income by some means or other. This could be through working, through residual income or through interest earned on money invested. Whatever it is, we need to give to Caesar – to our government – what is meant for them in the form of taxes. We should also remember to give to God our tithe or offering on a regular basis.
God provides us with our wealth; it is only right that we give what is required to the government and we give what we are prompted to give to God. Anything else we should be investing wisely in supporting ourselves and our family, generating future wealth and helping those in need.
Wealth tip – in times of plenty, don’t splurge this extra. Save a set percentage and use it to build up for times of need. If you unexpectedly come into money (like a tax refund) use it to decrease debts or increase savings.