Here is an email message I just sent in answer to a friend’s question about whether pro-life Christians should lead a tax revolt against the excesses of the Obama Administration:
By my lights, this question of whether pro-life Christians have an obligation to lead a tax revolt against the horrifying corruption of the Obama Administration is easily answered: You are asking, in good faith, the question the chief priests and scribes asked Jesus, in bad faith, in Luke 20:22: “Is it lawful for us to give tribute [pay taxes] unto Caesar?” Christ, of course, held up a Roman coin bearing Caesar’s likeness and answered that money which belonged to Caesar should be given to Caesar. Mr. Obama’s money doesn’t bear his image, but it is surely his since he is printing vast numbers of dollars which are bogus monetary instruments of his own fraudulent creation.
As you are no doubt aware, the “Caesar” to whom Christ referred was Tiberius and he was a cruel man who presided over a barbaric, pagan empire. The payment of Roman taxes subsidized a legal system which permitted infanticide that was widely practiced and universally accepted. Slavery was rampant and the slaves were often terribly abused. Women were frequently abducted from conquered lands for sexual exploitation and the populations from which they were taken were brutally plundered by confiscatory taxation. Sexual debauchery was normative behavior. Political assassinations, imprisonments and torture were routine. Gladiators slaughtered one another for sport before huge, cheering, arena crowds. I could go on but you get my point. Obama may be as bad as Tiberius but he is certainly no worse. And if Our Lord disapproved of tax revolts against Rome’s atrocities, I imagine he would disapprove of tax revolts against Washington’s.
This makes sense to me because there is little I could do to save babies from federal prison.
I am sometimes asked if I think Mr. Obama is the anti-Christ and I really don’t. But Satan mocks God at every turn and in that sense, Mr. Obama could be the anti-John the Baptist. Isaiah prophesied concerning John in Isaiah 40:3, when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness: ‘Prepare a pathway for the Lord’s coming!’” The more I learn of Mr. Obama, the more plausible it seems that he could have been sent to prepare a pathway for the coming of the anti-Christ.