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Friday, July 29, 2005

Where no safety cone has gone before


Yesterday, a friend of mine complained about the taxes withheld from her paycheck. When she and her husband are working hard just to put a roof over their heads and feed their children, wouldn't it make more sense to let her keep it? After all, doesn't she need it more than the government?

Good question. Thankfully, I didn't have to invent an answer. Jesus famously said to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. The Lord creatively practiced what he preached by sending Peter to dislodge a coin from the mouth of a fish. He then told him to take it to the tax collectors. Despite its obvious faults, Christ wasn't opposed to supporting Rome's infrastructure.

Like it or not, April 15 is part of the glue that holds America together as a people. And I've been places overseas "where no safety cone has gone before." Those places had lots to offer, but good roads weren't on the list, nor retirement pensions, nor unemployment benefits, nor good hospitals, come to think of it.

Taxes are a pain. No taxes are worse. VIVE the orange safety cone!

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