Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Politicians Fail Us. Are Church Leaders Failing Us Too?

Churches need to give up their tax exempt status.

Yes, I put it out there: Churches need to pay taxes.

I believe that the church needs to be an example to the community. We are to be salt and light, right?

One way the church can do that is to pay their fair share of taxes.
Shouldn’t the church be fiscally responsible with their money and help pay for services they receive in their community?

Wouldn’t it be a positive example to your congregation?  Maybe many in your congregation do not tithe because they see the church not paying their fair share, so why should they tithe?

But to me, it’s important for church leaders to have the freedom to say what’s on their heart from the pulpit.
Don’t you think a church leader’s heart aches for the direction our politicians are leading this country? 
To many church leaders refuse to get “involved” in the political arena because of the threat that the church will lose their tax exempt status.
They will not openly support or encourage their congregation to support a candidate because the church might have to pay taxes.

Do union leaders worry about publicly endorsing a candidate? No. Their union is strong enough to elect the politicians they want.

Are CEOs of a major corporation scared to make comments or give huge donations to a candidate because they might lose some of their tax loop holes? Nope.
They are protected by the property tax code. Do you really think congress is going to change the tax code anytime soon?

And even if the tax code did change, would that hurt the church? No.
Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's.

I say the church will be stronger because no longer will it cave to the threat of losing its tax status and be scared to speak with boldness as Jesus told us to.

If we truly want mountains (Washington) to move,  it is time for our church leaders to speak about it from the pulpit.

Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

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