Romans 13:7 (NKJV)
“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”
It is the right thing to do as commanded by God, to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s. By this, it may look as if we should give Caesar what Caesar demands even if it’s against what God requires; but I don’t think that’s what God is saying. All things belong to God, and where man operates in line with God’s purposes, then such a man is in God’s will. It is our civil and righteous obligation to give honor to leaders and pay our dues and taxes accordingly. Dishonoring leadership and refusing to pay the customary taxes and dues is wrong, except in exceptional cases. What are these?
This is a devotional and not a Biblical exposition, so I will only share my convictions, from a devotional perspective. I will personally struggle to financially support a government that is using State machinery to perpetrate evil. I will personally struggle to contribute finances to a government that is bent on intentionally destroying the Church of God. Would it be morally right to support a regime like Hitler’s, knowing what they stood for and were doing? Does this mean I will only support Christian governments (if ever there is such a thing!)? No, not at all. It is my civil duty to honor, respect, and support the government and leaders in authority, once it is clear that they are not consciously using their leadership mechanism to do evil deliberately. I will pay tax if I am involved in some profit-making business and earn an income. That is the right thing to do. But where a government is using State funds against the Church, I will personally struggle with financially contributing to such a system.
“Lord, I cannot help evil perpetuate itself. I will honor and obey those who honor You. While I respect all leaders, Lord, I cannot support those who are out to destroy Your people and Your purposes. Help me change my position, Lord, if this position is wrong. In Jesus name. Amen.”