Do Taxes Equal Stealing?

Bright Bike STOLEN!

Some people think taxes are nothing more than stealing.  Others disagree.  What do I think?

First off, there are certain things (national defense and making the states work together on interstate commerce) that the federal government is mandated by the constitution to do.  There are other things, such as libraries, where it makes sense for the government to offer the service.  There are other things, like jails, that ONLY the government can do.  I don’t think funds–the tax revenue–to pay for goods and services such as this are stealing.  I also don’t have a problem with taking care of people who cannot work and cannot take care of themselves.  I also don’t have a problem providing basic support for a very limited period of time (4 weeks, perhaps) to people who, for example, just lost their job (basic support means they won’t die from exposure, walk around naked, or starve).

What I do think is stealing is taking money from me (or anyone else) and giving it to people who can and should be working.  99 weeks unemployment?  free phones?  $60,000 for being on welfare? Support those who want to murder their children?  No way no how.  To force me, or anyone else, to take our money and give to those who simply won’t work because they choose to is flat out theft.  The government forces us, with threat of jail, to pay our taxes.  

To those who think my attitude on taking care of people is “unChristian,” I want to point out 2 Thes 3:10:

“…if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Read it in context.  Yes, it really does say that.  Yes, Christians are commanded to take care of each other, supply for each other’s needs, help each other out, and give each other the benefit of the doubt.  But we aren’t supposed to enable bad behavior.  Anyone who says otherwise is taking the entire council of scripture out of context.

Image from michael mandiberg via flickr

Prayerwalking — 26 November 2008


Again, I went out prayerwalking around town. So far, I like the making this a weekly habit and making time for it on my schedule. Not only do I make myself go to parts of town I’m normally not near, but I get to spend time alone with the Father.

[Update 2012-12-25 22:15:50] I had a few bad links in this article.  I’ve corrected them

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Prayerwalking — 24 October 2008

Prayerwalking is something that we started doing in Richmond. With our move to Serbia, it was something that I wanted to keep up; however, yesterday was the first day I had to spend some serious time prayerwalking. I decided to do this differently than I had in Richmond…I wanted to document everything with some pictures. Besides helping me remember where I had been, the pictures would help everyone see some sights around town. So, to read more, click in.

[Update 2012-12-26 16:20:21] Some internal links were messed up.  I’ve corrected them.

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