So God likes high taxes, does He?

Doug Bandowrighteously shellacks Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama for claiming that he is fulfilling God’s will by enacting a massive $1.2 billion tax hike.
“According to our Christian ethics, we’re supposed to love God, love each other and help take care of the poor.” True, but what does that have to do with government levying higher taxes?
Should government tax everyone to establish a special religious order dedicated to loving God? Or create a regulatory agency to force us to love one another? The duty to care for the poor is first and foremost a personal obligation. Bob Terry, editor of the Alabama Baptist, published by the Alabama Baptist Convention, contends: “The Bible is clear that ‘to whom much is given, much is required'”.
Yes, but no where does scripture turn this role over to the state. It doesn’t say, to whom much is given, they should raise other people’s taxes.
As Riley argues, scripture does command us to “help take care of the poor.” But that is us. It is not other people, through the state.
The real meaning of compassion is for us to personally aid and suffer with those in need. Whatever the prudential argument for government welfare, it is a matter of public policy, not Christian theology.


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