irs1Today is tax day.  Normally, I dread this day because I’ve written some large checks.  This year is a little different . . . getting a little back!  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t enjoy paying taxes.  This year is more bearable.  I think our taxes are too high and too much of our money is wasted.  Maybe it would be nice if we could chose what we wanted to pay for or could reduce our taxes in other ways.  If I wanted to do it, I could pay less than the IRS required bill or nothing at all.  But that would not work . . . I’d end up paying it later with penalties and might get to spend some time in a nice government building with 3 square meals, a bed, free gym membership, internet access, cable TV, and personal guards!

Well, that’s not a really an option.  As much as you may not like paying your taxes, Jesus said, “Well, then, give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God” (Matthew 21:21b, NLT).  He said that to a group of Jewish leaders who despised the Roman government.  What Jesus is saying is that you’ve got to pay your taxes, like it or not.