| Some people tell us that paying taxes is NOT the same as being enslaved, but I have a hard time understanding this. If I have to give the money I earn for more than 2 out of 8 hours each working day, for which I may (or may not) receive services, but over which I have little or no control, what is the difference? Sure, the working conditions MIGHT be better, but not all dem slaves was pickin’ cotton in the field, bro.

Jesus pointed this out once, a bit subtly. After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes– from their own sons or from others? “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. (Matthew 17:24 and following) Kings do not make their sons (or daughters) slaves.

It is those that they have dominion over – the power of life and death – who pay taxes. Slaves could be and were killed if they did not provide the labor that they were obligated, by their slavery, to give. And ultimately, it is the power to destroy – to imprison and kill – that supports our taxation today. Read Entire Article

By Nathan Barton