Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Use the coin to pay your taxes and mine.” ( Mathew 17:27)
Are you tempted to evade taxes?
Christians are not the breakers but builders and helpers of the smooth running of any institution. Fees and fines, taxes and duties that are entitled for each individual should be paid and documented. The transparency and accountability of money matters by Christians and Christian managed institutions, should be above suspicion. We are always accountable to God and our fellow beings. Charity contribution is in the blood of all Christians. But who are its beneficiaries and how it is handled is a matter of concern in the present financial turmoil and crunch. Donors have the right to know and handlers have the duty to show how and whom the charity money is being benefited. But now, almost all the charities and Christians missionaries are under the scanner of income tax authorities and the donors because of their mishandling and nearly zero accountability of money dealings.
In America, an estimated 1.8 million churches are exempted from income tax. But this privilege is being abused to the tune of many millions of dollars. There are televangelists running lucrative businesses such as recording studios and selling oil and gas under cover of the religious exemption. There is inconsistency even among the prominent evangelistic organizations. But there are also the true Christians who shine in this dark, dirty and messy financial dealings. Billy Graham for example, long ago opted not to classify his empire as a church, and thus files a 990, in part because he wanted to encourage other religious charities to be transparent and accountable.
When we donate a cent, we should ensure that it should reach the purpose it was intended for, and we should have a say in it. Accountability and transparency in all matters of life is the hall mark of all Christians and Christianity.
Prayer : Jesus, let us be truthful to you in all matters of finance. Let us have the mind and conscience to pay all taxes due to the Government. We pray that all the charitable institutions who are working in mission fields, be accountable and transparent. Let us all be generous and be blessed. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Thursday, 3rd February2011
Sunday Mass : 9 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Sunday School : 10 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012