By Jon Kauffman
I’ve been thinking some crazy thoughts.
Do you remember seeing Jesus walking down the street the other day? The guy who needs socks and underwear and hasn’t had a bath in a month. His name is Jesus. Jesus is homeless, living on the street.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35,36
Perhaps you agree with me that paying income taxes is a bad thing. Especially when it is used to support the US military and bad US foreign policy.
How can we avoid paying income taxes and help out Jesus at the same time?
Avoid those Taxes.
We can rent Jesus our empty bedroom!
Just think, if you rent property to someone, your expenses are tax deductible. What a great deal! Just ask your tax adviser!
If Jesus can only afford $100 per month, sign a lease with him for $100 per month. If he can’t afford food, buy the food and take a tax deduction! If he can’t afford shampoo, buy shampoo and take a take deduction! If he can’t afford clothes or the dentist… you know what to do.
If you still need more tax deductions and you have second empty bedroom, Jesus 2 is still in the street.
Or maybe we are so wealthy that we can afford to build an apartment building and rent to anyone for whatever they can afford? Think of all the tax deductions! Or maybe we can afford to build an apartment building in Syria.
What if it’s Dangerous?
On the other hand, perhaps your three lovely daughters would be in danger if you rented to Jesus? Jesus does look pretty scary walking down the street. Maybe he has COVID 19 or something worse? If not him…
How about the unwed mother who has no place to stay? Maybe you can rent to her? Her name is Jesus also. If you start buying diapers and paying doctor bills, the tax deductions will be almost endless.
What if that unwed mother is your own niece? Would you really turn her out into the street?
The Rich Young Ruler.
The rich young ruler went away sad because Jesus told him to sell everything he had and give to the poor. If the rich young ruler followed Jesus’s advice would that make the rich young ruler very poor and dependent on others or perhaps God?
If we help the poor for tax deductions, are we still loving money?
Maybe renting out our empty bedrooms is the wrong approach? Maybe we should sell our fancy houses and give the money to Jesus so he can rent an apartment and buy his own clothes?
Jesus said, 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33 NIV
But it’s Jesus’ Own Fault that He’s homeless!
He was drinking, using meth and got in a fight with his co-workers and that’s why he lost his job. I will be supporting his bad habits if I help him out! The prodigal son came home. I don’t think he quit drinking or using meth first, he just came home and his father threw a party. Maybe Jesus is on the street drinking. But what if he had a place to stay? Then maybe he would be able to quit drinking?
Jesus brings us into the fold first, then he deals with our sin. Maybe with a little help Jesus could make it to rehab and maybe he’d make it out sober this time.
Maybe I haven’t gone far enough out on a limb when I’m helping out Jesus?
My Ethical Dilemma: Letter to Pope Francis.
Are war and poverty decreasing? 5 Inequality Myths.
10 Myths about the Government Debt.
Thomas Sowell on the Myths of Economic Inequality
See reasons that others have given to support violence by Christians: Reasons Christians Give to Say Violence by Christians is Legitimate
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