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“For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing. Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.” Romans 13:6-7

My anarchist friends won’t appreciate me for saying this, but God commands Christians to pay taxes to finance the LEGITIMATE functions of government in its capacity as the “avenger” of God’s wrath against evil-doers. However, when the civil authorities levy taxes or customs to finance that which is contrary to God’s ordained purposes, the Christian is forbidden by Scripture to pay it because in doing so, we become party to the sin of those purposes. Examples where Christians must needs consider civil disobedience in order to avoid participation in sin would include abortion, aggression against God’s Church, government abuse of citizens and wars that do not have a self-defense or protection of the helpless component. When the civil magistrate becomes a tyrant and commands us to do that which the Bible forbids, explicitly or by implication, then we are not to fear him or honor him anymore than we would fear or honor Satan.

I draw this stand from Daniel 3. Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego showed up for the ceremony — showing their respect for the king – but when they were supposed to bow, they refused, even though death was the cost of disobedience.

Loyalty to God’s commands must always take precedence over any law written by man. And, therein is the fault of most modern Christians when they frown on civil disobedience. Taking on the pious guise of submission to “God-ordained authority” often places modern Christians, particularly in the Western world, in actual rebellion against God.

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