Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Universal Issue

Even in the days of Jesus the Tax-Man was reviled. Scripture calls us to give unto Caesar what is Caesar's but that doesn't make it a fun process. Being a small business owner has certainly opened my eyes to taxation issues.  Right now if I were to make a profit, the majority of it is being used to pay Unemployment taxes that have risen from 0.48% to 4.5% in just a two year period.

So as I found the video below I couldn't help but chuckle.  It seems an Indian Snake Charmer has applied for some type of license that he needs to run his business. The higher level officials have approved him but the lower level guys in the tax office are asking him for a bribe in order to push his approval through to finalization.  Fed up with the red tape, our Snake Charmer offloads his business inventory and lets the extortionists deal with it.

Here are some more "tax" references found in Matthew:
  1. Matthew 5:46
    For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
    Matthew 5:45-47 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Matthew 9:9
    [ Jesus Calls Matthew ] As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.
    Matthew 9:8-10 (in Context) Matthew 9 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Matthew 9:10
    And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.
    Matthew 9:9-11 (in Context) Matthew 9 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Matthew 9:11
    And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
    Matthew 9:10-12 (in Context) Matthew 9 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Matthew 11:19
    The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."
    Matthew 11:18-20 (in Context) Matthew 11 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Matthew 17:24
    [ The Temple Tax ] When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the tax?"
    Matthew 17:23-25 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Matthew 17:25
    He said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?"
    Matthew 17:24-26 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Matthew 18:17
    If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
    Matthew 18:16-18 (in Context) Matthew 18 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Matthew 21:31
    Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.
    Matthew 21:30-32 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Matthew 21:32
    For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
    Matthew 21:31-33 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)
  11. Matthew 22:17
    Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
    Matthew 22:16-18 (in Context) Matthew 22 (Whole Chapter)
  12. Matthew 22:19
    Show me the coin for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.
    Matthew 22:18-20 (in Context) Matthew 22 (Whole Chapter)