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Give to GOD, or you will Give to the Government

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“For for this cause pay ye tribute [taxes] also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” ~ Romans 13:6-7

This is a hard saying for many to swallow, but even governing authorities are in place because of the hand of God. For that reason, we must give honor and taxes to whom it is due. We may not agree with who gets use of those monies, nor how the taxes are distributed, but God has us under authority for a reason.

When government is big and oppressive, it is because people have failed to be self-controlled and submitted to God. Many of the services now demanded from our pockets (e.g., welfare and unemployment payments) were largely handled originally by the church.

When we have failed to distribute to the needs of orphans and widows who are part of the household of faith, it is God Who allows government to discipline us in giving our due.

The size of our government, then, is in direct proportion to our submission to God. (By the looks of things, we’ve got a lot of submitting to do.)

“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” ~ Matthew 22:21b

~ by Cindy Stelter Tesar


  1. Indeed. I’ve never quite thought to put it this way, but it makes sense when expressing the need for social programs in ecclesial language. Tax-driven welfare is mandatory because without it (and even with it but to a lesser degree) we have people dying of neglect. If every member of community were taken care of through family, faith-based, and other traditional initiatives, governmental programs would never have been even discussed. Collective mandate is a response to individual failure.
    Simple as all great angles, this will be useful in a classroom. Thank you very much.

    • You are exactly right Maria Catherine. Indeed, it would have been great to incorporate your comments/framing into the post itself.

      Thanks again for sharing.

      God Bless!

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