From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
Since college, Luke 12:48 has been one of the founding principles of my life. After graduating from Spelman College, I realized the wealth of information I had been exposed to while I studied there and the privilege that knowledge afforded me. Those four years dramatically increased my quality of life in ways I, an English major, will never be able to properly articulate. Seeing others without this knowledge made it clear that it was my responsibility to share my knowledge and personal experiences with others so they may have the opportunity to be great as well.
I didn’t just apply this concept of giving to my knowledge. I applied it to every area of my life. If God blessed me in abundance, then it was my responsibility to share my abundance with others. It was that simple to me. So I’m extremely disturbed when I hear of politicians and people of privilege making backhanded attempts to save their abundance of financial resources and place the economic burdens of this nation on middle and working class families.
When I received my first check this year, I wasn’t happy about the Social Security tax increase I saw. But at the end of day, that tax increase isn’t killing me. My family can still eat. And that can’t necessarily be said of the elderly and orphans who rely on Social Security benefits for survival. God has blessed me with much, so I am required to give back much……and by much I mean more than those who have not been blessed with abundance.
Yesterday, Rachel Maddox had an interesting segment on Republican governors working to rid their states of the income tax. To replace this lost revenue, the GOP governors plan to raise sales tax. On the surface this may sound like a decent plan. Instead of taking taxes upfront, you contribute a little every time you make a purchase. What is not immediately considered is the fact that this will increase the price of everyday items like food, clothing and gas and eventually burden working class families who have to purchase these necessities for their families. This move will significantly lower the taxes dollars paid by the wealthy while increasing the taxes paid by low income individuals, those who don’t have any abundance to give. So much will no longer be required of those who have been given much. Instead, that much will be required of those who are struggling to make sure their families have their basic needs met. I guess the Bible verse “to whom much is given much is required” means different things to different people. :-/
Oh yeah, Jesus also said, render unto Ceasar what is Caesar’s. I laymen’s terms he said, “Pay your taxes, PUNK!” Yep, it’s in RED!!!
Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.