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” Does that even apply to a country that claims a separation of church and state? One might agree if the United States and its leaders never cited Christianity, Judaism or other religious or syncretistic beliefs to support their political ideas, social transformation, or even liberation theology. But I am afraid that since President Obama is the biggest abuser of such usage, or shall we say misusage, of such references for his public appeals we must do so. And we must surpass Sen. Santorum, Rep. Gingrich, Rep. Paul or the Candidate to be Gov. Romney in order to address the social idea of taxation from a Judeo-Christian, a Biblical perspective. I will simplify the argument into the great summarizations of economic thought. In reality, one can only fall into either camp. Either one falls in “To each according to his labor” or “To each according to his need” camps. And, it seems that Pres. Obama has clearly stated a need for a society, his Health Care system of ObamaCare, and a distribution of wealth and taxation based upon “to each according to his/her need.” Now, I must admit, at first glance this looks almost Christian. But, I must be quick to remind you that these matters are not as simplistic as President Obama, the unions, the DNC, and those of the left would have you believe. In contradiction to Obama and his reelection deception, we will take a glance at what God actually does say about taxes, redistribution of wealth, and the matters of coercion and free will gifts towards charity: Principle 1: Taxation was oppressive to the people, and is no less oppressive today with liberal tax and spend policies which are increasing our national debt, and killing our economic growth. 2 Kings 23:35 Jehoiakim paid Pharaoh Necho the silver and gold he demanded. In order to do so, he taxed the land and exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land according to their assessments. Principle 2: In Israel, those who took care of the nation were exempt from certain taxes… i.e. businesses and big Corporations today who provide for large numbers through employment. I might add we would be wise to make our military veterans who served us in war exempt from income taxes (the least we could do for them and their families). 1 Samuel 17:25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.” Principle 3: Oppressive Kings used taxes against the people, and less taxes suggests freedom. Israel realized that freedom is economic freedom too. Taxation is oppressive!! Ezra 4:13, 20 Furthermore, the king should know that if this city is built and its walls are restored, no more taxes, tribute or duty will be paid, and eventually the royal
revenues will suffer…Jerusalem has had powerful kings ruling over the whole of Trans-Euphrates, and taxes, tribute and duty were paid to them. Principle 4: Religious Leaders and the Church/Synagogue were exempt from taxation in Israel as a pattern for non-profit organizations and religious organizations today. Ezra 7:24 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. Principle 5: Taxation can become excessive, and a burden to the people. This is excessive taxation and should be shunned by leaders today. Taxation can be excessive!!! Nehemiah 5:4 Still others were saying, “We have had to borrow money to pay the king’s tax on our fields and vineyards. Principle 6: Judgment was imposed by God for overtaxing those who were poor and burdened. It is reasonable to give credits to those earning less than the poverty level. Amos 5:11 You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. Principle 7: The last great prophet John the Baptist admonished authorities of Israel regarding respecting personal property according to the law itself, and stressed that giving should be out of personal charity not state redistribution. Stress was against misuse of power… Luke 3: 10-14 - to the crowd “give freely”, to the tax collectors “don’t overtax!” to the soldiers “don’t extort money!” Principle 8: The law and the last three commandments state and uphold the clear teaching of personal property, not communal rights or power groups rights to take that property away by coercion, lies or theft. Deuteronomy 5:19-21 “You shall not steal.” “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Causing economic harm) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s possessions or anything belonging to your neighbor…” Principle 9: There is reasonable taxation to the state which believers are instructed to pay
Romans 13:6, 7 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Principle 10: God is for a Free Market System of Economics and Government, the least burdensome and most free system for individual and family wealth. Taxation should be regressive not progressive!!! God says, “To each according to your labor, and don’t forget your neighbor…” “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty…” and Jesus said, “Satan came to kill(your freedom), STEAL(by over taxation), and DESTROY(your economy), but I came that you might have(economic)life, and have it more abundantly.” (italics are mine) In Summary, we would be quite wise to heed a historical perspective from the people of God over the centuries and millenia, and God's voice regarding these matters in such weighty public decisions that face America. Embracing a liberation theology of economic redistribution, of heavy penalty taxes upon success and imposed taxes for healthcare are similar to the historical examples of oppression of God's people not that of liberating them from a weighty burden. Mr. Obama treads not only the Constitutional grounds with potential abuses of executive power, but the very Theological ground from which our Founders used these principles of freedom for forming this great union. He would be wise to humbly accept correction from the Supreme Court should they find that necessary, less he receive rebuke from Congress or this great People who make up the enduring Union come election time in November... “And as I am upon the whole hopeful that the faith will recover its intimate and guiding place in the heart of Europe (and America), so I believe that this sinking back into our original paganism (for the tendency to the servile state is nothing less) will in due time be halted and reversed.” - Hilaire Belloc, The Servile State The Road to Serfdom was not “about whether the state ought to act or ought not to act at all. The whole effort of my book was to substitute a new distinction for the older silly and vague idea. I had realized that some kind of state action is extremely dangerous. Therefore, my whole effort was to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate action. I have attempted to do that by saying that, so far as government plans for competition or steps in where competition cannot possibly do the job, there is no objection; but I believe that all other forms of government activity are highly dangerous.” - Friedrich August von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom Written and Submitted by M.D. Duncan, Author of “Passionate Leadership” 4/11/2012