Because of the widespread corruption here in our country, even at the “barangay” level, it can be discouraging to pay our taxes.
Yet, Jesus reminds us to keep doing what is right:
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.’ They were utterly amazed at him.” — Mark 12:17
One day, our corrupt leaders will answer to their deeds — maybe not in this lifetime, but in eternity. But God is just.
As for us, we have to remain faithful. We have to keep on doing the right thing, even if others are not. Give others what is due them — even the government.
It’s also not just about taxes. It’s also about respect, honor, forgiveness, good deeds, and love. Give them to others… even if they don’t deserve any of them.
It is God who will pay you back.
Finally, give God what is due Him. Give Him your love, your time, your honor, your respect, your talents, and your treasures.
Give Him all of you. For we are only stewards of everything He gave us.
And when You give Him what is due Him, He will give you His all as well.
“But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” — Matthew 6:33