Don’t Complain About High Taxation

Then you will cry out in that day…but the Lord will not answer you… (I Sam.8:18).

All over the West there are high taxes, and here in Australia, we have our share. Some (like the Carbon Tax) are about to be introduced by the rampart socialists, the Labor Party. Others, like the Fuel Excise Tax and the GST have been introduced by the slightly less socialist parties in Australia, the Liberal Party and the National Party.

In 1901, there was no Income Tax in Australia, but much has changed since then. High taxation isn’t a Labour Party phenomena. It’s because of a degenerating Church, and what we expect from government today.

The book of Judges contains a sustained polemic against centralized human government, for it is an expression of man’s will to be like God, and is part and parcel of Baalistic humanism…

The anarchy in Israel resulted, each and every time, from a failure to recognize the Lord as King. When the people took other gods as their kings, they fell into bondage, but when they returned to the Lord, they were delivered.[1]

High taxation is a consequence for an irresponsible, ungodly nation; that’s been evident since the days of Samuel. God’s Word says that Education, Health, Welfare and Defence were personal, family and Church responsibilities, but we don’t accept this today. We want the government to do for us what God commanded us to do ourselves. Coupled with this, the vast majority of the Church refuses to tithe.

We say,

No thanks, Lord. We prefer to be lazy, irresponsible and disobedient, and to cast Your Word aside; we want our own way. Don’t talk to us about Your commands because we’re not interested. We really want to have nice church services where we can put on good appearances, and then go to heaven when we die. That will do us nicely.

Then God in His judgment sends a high taxing government along, and we say, “That’s not very nice. Why can’t I just have all my money? It’s not fair. Let’s get rid of this crowd-replace them!”

If we think we will really be helped by a political solution, we have missed the point. It is significant that when Jesus was on earth, one of His significant tasks was to cleanse the temple (Jn.2:13-17). Why? It was polluted.

In the history of Israel, the Temple had to be cleansed by priests, prophets and kings on many occasions before Christ brought desolation to it. The church needs constant cleansing. It is a sign of serious danger when the church sees no need of cleansing and sees as enemies all who proclaim the need for continuing cleansing and purification.[2]

The Church needs cleansing-badly. And if it doesn’t attend to the task itself, the Lord can send along His messengers, who will really know how to sort it out. Think of what happened to the Russian Church when the Revolution came in 1917, and the German Church under Hitler.

Now someone may say, “that couldn’t happen Andrew. God is a God of love and mercy.” He is, but remember that Paul warned us to “behold then the kindness and severity of God…” (Ro.11:22). Isaiah commented,

who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they were not willing to walk, and whose law they did not obey? (Isa.42:24)

Jesus encouraged us that “you are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (Mat.5:13).

During the recent London fires, a resident wrote,

London is burning, but it’s not a “hungry mutiny” as the foreign media would have it. Tottenham, Peckham, Brixton, Lambeth and (tonight) Lewisham are what might be termed “inner city” areas, but Clapham and Enfield are more upmarket, middle class suburbs, and it’s designer fashion goods and electronics, not food, which are being looted.

What the country has run clean out of is not food (yet), but Truth. All three branches of government have now moved to open repudiation of Christ and His Gospel, and there has been nary a peep from the church; the nation therefore has rejected the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life…[3]

Just before judgment came on Judah and it went into captivity, God spoke to Shallum, the son of Josiah: “…Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well. Is that not what it means to know Me?”(Jer.22:15-16)

It is not wrong to be like the nations in having a king, but it is wrong to want a king who is like the kings of the nations. A king “like all the nations” would create a standing army and a forced draft; he would make himself rich by taking over large land holdings; he would take their daughters for his own purposes; he would confiscate their traditional family property; he would tax them heavily and take a tithe (making himself God); he would take their servants and their best animals; and finally he would make them all his slaves.

This would all be done in the name of efficient central government. This was the warning Israel refused to heed. This same warning was given us by our Puritan forefathers, who knew first-hand what they were talking about. We have not heeded it either. If the book of Judges has a message for us it is this: When God is once again King in his Church, and the Levites are doing their job, and the people are obeying Him, then the tyrant will be gone.[4]

Until there is a fundamental change of heart beginning with God’s people, we will only get more of the same: high taxes, indifferent politicians, lots of interfering bureaucrats and less freedom. We will find out the hard way it is better to be servants of God than the slaves of sin. God has a way of getting His message through.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                

It was William Penn who said four hundred years ago, “Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.” All over the world today, people prefer the latter.

Do modern American Christians think that it is because Humanism is strong that we are oppressed? Not so. If the Church is oppressed in America today, it is because the Church has been faithless. It is not the Dagons, the Philistine, the Humanists and Statists with whom we have to deal. It is the Lord with whom we must wrestle. When our ways please Him, the tyrant will be destroyed. Our problems are not political, and neither is the solution to them.[5]

But when individual Christians and the Church at large begins to act on God’s commands to tithe, take responsibility for the education of their children and their health needs, and to care ourselves for the Church’s widows, orphans, the fatherless and migrants (“strangers” in the Bible), we will begin to roll back tyranny.

 



[1] Jordan, J., “Judges: God’s War Against Humanism,” 1985, p.340.

[2] Rushdoony, R., “The Gospel of John,” 2000, p.26.

[3] “London is Burning Again,” quoted on the Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences website, 9/8/2011.

[4] Jordan, p.202

[5] Jordan, p.288.

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