- Written by Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor
- Created: February 13 2020 February 13 2020
Are taxes evil? Jesus said, when questioned about that, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God, what is God’s.”
Though some taxes are wasted, much support things we really need. We want to have roads to drive on. We want to have security officers to protect us. We depend on government being there to rescue people from communities that are in crisis. The list could go on and on.
At the same time we celebrate blessings of services provided through taxes, many of us also struggle with paying them. That has probably been true since Egypt began taxing 5,000 years ago. Some of that aversion may flow from our selfish hearts, not wishing to help others. Some of it flows from our fear that dollars will not be spent correctly.
God calls us to be good stewards of the gifts He gives us. Can I be happy about directing those gifts to those who have not proven to be good stewards?
Avoiding taxation can never be our prime motivation for making contributions for supporting the Lord’s work. It is sort of a defensive posture. That posture causes us to shrink in on ourselves. Instead, we look to maximize the use of God’s gifts to magnify the impact they will have on spotlighting the love of Jesus in the world.
Our faithful decisions will be mindful of potential tax savings and use legal opportunities to save tax dollars, knowing those savings will enable us to do even more, showing love to family or supporting ministries the Lord has laid on our hearts.
Be aware that a simple review of your estate plan may turn up many opportunities to fine-tune your service to the Lord. If you want to look into this, your LCMS Gift Planning Counselor can help.