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What Would Jesus Tax?
and — equally important — what wouldn't Jesus tax?
How do we live together, in equality and peace?
There are Christians who argue for low taxes and that it is the job of churches and other charitable entities to meet the needs of the poor through others' free-will offerings of charity.
There are others who argue that government should collect higher taxes from those who are well-off in order to serve the needs of the poor.
This site argues a third point of view. It is based on the ideas that
This point of view can be traced back to Mosaic law.
Jesus grew up learning the details of Jewish law, including the land laws. When he told a questioner to render unto Caesar that which belonged to Caesar, perhaps he was pointing out that the tithe was intended to meet the needs of the local community, and that since Caesar was not a part of that local community, nothing was due him!
A budget is a moral document. We commonly use that phrase with reference to the spending side of the equation, but it applies equally to the revenue side of the budget. How we collect the revenue we need for public purposes is just as important as how we spend it — and if we collected it justly, perhaps we would not need to collect as much in order to achieve the society we desire.
As a society, we seem to be stuck in some tax boxes.
This website will present the position that, even if just taxes alone are insufficient to meet all the needs of government, the foundation of our tax system should be taxes that are based on justice, only supplemented by less-just taxes as needed. Further, this website will present the position that all of our children are entitled to be treated equally, and that, just as revenue collected from the income tax might be spent in a different state from where it was collected, other kinds of taxes might be allocated to needs in other places.
We all depend on air, water and land. Our way of taxing ourselves should take into account both the finiteness and the non-substitutability of these and other natural resources, and should treat their economic value as our common treasure, not the private property of any individual or corporation.
God asks us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and our tax system should be consistent with that. It is not so much a matter of who we tax, but what we tax.
The question, of course, is about how we are to live together in peace, justice and prosperity. Is extreme and rising prosperity for a small group the same thing as creating the conditions under which we all can prosper? To read some of the media reports, one might think them very similar. And yet to ask the question is to see the answer.
The purpose of government and laws is to allow all of us to live in security and equality. To the extent that some of our laws allow special privileges to one group, and theft from another group, those laws should be changed.
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What Would Jesus Tax?
How do we organize and tax ourselves so as to live in justice, peace with our neighbors, and widely-shared prosperity?
The wisdom of the ages for 21st century questions.