Today is April 15th. Everyone throughout America knows the 15th of April is called ‘Tax Day.’ Many people mumble and complain about the 15th of April. The day tends to cause many people stress, due to the idea of paying out money that they may not have.
Today, in Muskegon, many people are exasperated and irritable. Several companies are being run without management; other places the owners are crabby. While many of the local accountants are running on minimal sleep, most will be staying open late, for the non-conformist who would like to make a point by waiting until the last possible second to hand in their checks.
While it is known throughout the world that people don’t like giving money to ‘Uncle Sam’, it is Biblical to do so. The Bible explains the importance of paying one’s taxes and the consequences if they don’t. Romans 13: 1-7 is all about paying taxes. It says, starting in verse 2, “So anyone that rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.” Going on to verse 6 it says, “Pay your taxes, too, for the same reasons. For government workers need to be paid, they are serving God in what they do.”
Paying taxes may not be easy in this economy, but it is the right thing to do, and Biblical to do so. Today while you march in the post office, perhaps you should go with a smile on your face. The postal workers are forced to be there later than normal, the accountants are forced to be in later than normal, and it is all because people want to wait to get their taxes in. Today is a good day to make it a point to be kind to people, and to thank God for what you have. Give yourself a pat on the back; you are doing a good deed by paying your taxes.