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Q:

My husband is working on our income taxes for last year. Since he got paid in cash for some of the jobs he did, he's not going to include this income on his tax form. He claims the government would just waste the money anyway. He says everyone else cheats on their taxes, so why shouldn't we? Is he wrong?


A:

Yes, your husband is wrong, and I hope he'll reconsider what he plans to do. If he gets caught the penalties could be severe, but even if he doesn't, he still is failing to fulfill his obligations as a citizen.

But he isn't just wrong in the eyes of the law; he's also wrong in God's eyes. The Bible is clear: We have an obligation to pay our taxes, fully and completely. The Bible says, “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:7). Remember: The first Christians lived in the Roman Empire, which was far from perfect (and even persecuted them at times). But God still called them to be honest and good citizens, and so should we.

The real issue is this, however: What place does Jesus Christ have in your lives? Is He someone you think about once a week, or just when you get into trouble? Or is He the Lord and Ruler of your lives? Face this question honestly, and then put your lives — including your money — into His hands. The Bible says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

In addition, thank God for the resources He's given you; others in these hard economic times aren't as fortunate. The Bible says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10).

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13 Comments

  1. Carroll says:

    It depends on what you mean by “helping them”.Does this mean that you provide their needs and allow them to use any other funds that they may have/receive (such as wages) to fund their lifestyle? If this is the case, yes you should stop.

  2. Debbie says:

    Praise the Lord….we should fulfill our committments here on earth as God told us to do..It only starts out with one tiny lie and then it just starts rolling into one big snowball…and pretty soon you start lying about everything in your life…

  3. Lillian says:

    It is so wonderful when we come to the place in our walk with the Lord that we can humble ourselves before the Lord and surrender all to Him, and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide us every day, taking time to read God's word, trust Him to change us.

  4. Vmom says:

    Yes, I think you should definitely pray daily for their souls. But I feel since the children are innocent in the situation, you should do what you can to assist them without assisting or enabling your 30 yr old.

  5. Estell says:

    If you do the wrong in God's eyes, the guilt you will feel (if you are saved) will be with you forever. Remember God rewards you for doing right.? AMEN

  6. Ann says:

    It is one thing to help and another to be an enabler. Sometimes tough love hurts. remember God uses tough love with us at times we need correction.

  7. NEIL says:

    THEM? IF YOU ARE HELPING THE CHILDREN GOD BLESS YOU. THEY ARE YOUR GRAND CHILDREN. IF YOU HELP YOUR SON,THAT IS ENABLING HIM TO CONTINUE HIS LIFE STYLE. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, OR HELP HIM BY FORCING HIM TO MAKE THE CHOICE YOU WANT HIM TO MAKE?

  8. Billy says:

    I totally agree with the answer. It's naturally tempting but once you get use to complying 100, it's would be very easy the rest of the way.

  9. Dave says:

    Do what is right in Gods view. If you do this, what's next? God will give you your reward. Test him.

  10. mary says:

    what should you do with your 30 yr.oldchild whorefuses to follow Gods or mans laws, always in trouble with the law,doing drugs,and has two children out of wedlock. do we stop helping them , and just continue to pray daily for theirsouls,