Death and Taxes?
If you haven’t already said it yourself, you’ve probably heard your parents recant the old saying, “There are only two things that are for sure: Death and Taxes!” While I can completely agree with the sentiment, there are a few other things, not unlike taxes, that we are required by the Scriptures to pay. Most people understand the whole tax thing, so the Apostle Paul used it to remind us that we also owe other things as well. For most Christians today, taxes are taken right out of our checks, so that doesn’t seem to be a problem. But when it comes to paying other things, like respect, for example, it gets much more difficult. I urge you though to remember that one of our best witnesses is not how well we preach or proclaim the gospel to others, but simply how we respect the authorities over us. Teachers, parents, police officers; all of them deserve our respect. Not because they’ve earned it, but because “all authority” over us is God given and we are commanded to respect it (and them).
“Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”