Pay taxes (Rom 13:6)

“Thus,

For the same reason,

You also pay taxes.

The authorities

Are God’s servants,

Attending to this very thing.”

διὰ τοῦτο γὰρ καὶ φόρους τελεῖτε· λειτουργοὶ γὰρ Θεοῦ εἰσιν εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο προσκαρτεροῦντες.

Paul said that for the same reason (διὰ τοῦτο γὰρ), they should also pay (τελεῖτε) taxes (καὶ φόρους).  These authorities are God’s servants (λειτουργοὶ γὰρ Θεοῦ εἰσιν), attending to this very thing of running the government (εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο προσκαρτεροῦντες).  Only the Pauline letters used this word λειτουργοὶ, that means a public servant, a minister, a servant, an official character, like priests or Levites.  Paul reminded the Roman Christians that because the civil authorities were God’s servants, they should pay their local taxes.  As God’s servants, they were performing a public service, by paying attention to running the various government agencies.  The early Christians were not exempt from their civic duty of paying taxes to civil local Roman authorities.  There was no religious exemption from paying taxes for churches in Roman society.  Do you like to pay local, state, and federal taxes?

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