Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. —Romans 13:7–8
In this brief passage where Paul communicates the debt of love that all of Jesus’ followers are under, he addresses taxes. This was in a time when Rome was using taxes to do everything from build roads to erect statues of Caesars to be worshiped. To Paul, how taxes are used isn’t the taxpayer’s issue.
He simply tells them, “If you owe taxes, pay them.”
This article was originally published on October 31, 2016 by CDFAcapital.org. Article re-posted with permission. Click here to read the original article.