As you collect W2s, 1040s, 1099s and the like, you honor the 16th amendment, ratified on this date in 1913, establishing the right of Congress to impose a federal income tax. For 105 years, the U.S. government has laid claim to a portion of our individual earnings, to use for our collective good as a nation.
In an even more sweeping declaration, God declares all money, all possessions, indeed all the world, is his. He grants us stewardship of funds, land, parts of his creation, only asking us to remember it’s all his, use it wisely and return a portion to him. Calculating and paying taxes may seem tedious. But let your giving back to God remain giddily cheerful and overly generous, knowing he uses it all for our collective good as his people.