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Scripture… As We Live It #233

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in as we live it, scripture | 3 comments

Scripture… As We Live It #233

This is the 233rd passage in “Scripture… As We Live It.”

For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing: to ensure your economic and/or social well-being depending on your political slant. (Romans 13:6 re-mix)

(Please read the first post for an explanation of this series.)


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  1. 11-5-2012

    This made me chuckle 🙂 But I very much appreciate the serious points behind these ‘As we live it’ posts. Good effort!

  2. 11-5-2012

    Romans 13:3(NET) (for rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad). Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation,
    4 for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer.
    5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience.
    6 For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing. [translator’s note Grk “devoted to this very thing.”]
    7 Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.

    Nice try, but the context shows that ‘this very thing’ refers to encouraging good behavior and punishing wrongdoing. I don’t think the Roman empire was very big on social welfare for the masses, regardless of their politics. Still, they were probably better at lining their pockets than today, but it was blatant rather than hidden.

  3. 11-5-2012

    This passage has been so skewed by current evangelical Christianity. It along with Jesus’ teaching on paying taxes confirms the biblical position that we submit to government and pay taxes whether we agree with the current policies or not. Does anyone really think the Roman government in Paul or Jesus’ time would spend tax dollars according to Tea Party principles?