Saturday, October 16, 2010
Oh we DO LOVE those Taxes!!
As I write this we are in the last few weeks before the mid term elections.
Obama and his "kin" are being excoriated for never seeing a tax hike they didn't like. We have plunged further into debt in the two short years he has been in office than all the other 234 years of this country's history COMBINED. Patty Murray and Gregoire are being taken to task for the 8 BILLION deficit in the State of Washington. The way out is more taxes. Tax and spend.
Come to find out, taxes weren't that appreciated in Jesus' day either. The taxes for the oppressive Roman government were collected by entrepreneurs, who could use their power and position to enhance their personal wealth. (Sounds like our Senators) But in that day they were called what they were - sinners.
9 "As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?[d]”
Did you catch that? Sinners and scum...
12 "When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[e] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
OK. OK. The real story here isn't taxes or government. Many abusive governments have come and gone since Jesus was walking the planet.
The real story is that Jesus knows that we are ALL sinners. That our artificial categorization of the righteous and the sinner breaks down under the scrutiny of the high holy standards of God Almighty.
That Jesus came to SAVE sinners. That the first step toward a relationship toward God is the free admission of our own sinfulness. That God loves every single one of us. No one is excluded.
Not even polititians.
Or IRS agents...