Even if you’re not prepared for taxes, be ready for Second Coming

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By Leonard Lauriault

Religion Columnist

I suspect that most of us have the burden of filing our taxes behind us by now. If you got your newspaper from a machine and today is still April 15th, and you haven’t filed yet, our local post office might have extended hours, but you’d better call to be sure of that.

Some people have to scrounge around to find money to pay their taxes. If that’s your situation, you can file for an extension giving you another six months to get the money together. Although, it appears to me as though you must still provide about the same information as you would on the 1040 and the deadline is still April 15th.

According to taxfoundation.org, the nation as a whole earned enough money by April 21, 2014, to pay their 2014 taxes. This year, Tax Freedom Day is April 25th. That’s about 17 weeks into the year. If you haven’t started saving for your 2015 taxes, it could still take one-third of the year to earn enough money for that.

Like most people, rather than saving up money to pay my 2015 taxes by April 15, 2016, I’m on a pay-as-you-go savings plan. That is, my employer withholds money from my paycheck to deposit with the IRS on a schedule. I said it was a savings plan because I get money back in most years. The financial wizards might say, among other things, that I’m not getting the most out of my money by letting the government use it interest-free for up to 15 1/2 months. But, I’m currently getting a whopping 0.4 percent APR on my other savings account and I didn’t have to borrow money at a significantly higher APR to meet the April 15th deadline.

So what is all this tax babble about?

First, it is our Christian, as well as our American duty to pay taxes (Romans 13:1-7). If you don’t like the way the money is handled,  talk to your elected officials and vote.

Second, we knew when the taxes were due, although, there is a second chance with the extension. Another date has been set that no one knows (Acts 17:30-31; Matthew 24:36-42). It is for Jesus’ return, the destruction of the earth, and the judgment of all men (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Peter 3:9-10; Hebrews 9:27-28). Now you know that the “left behind”  will die immediately in the fervent heat and then face the judgment. There’ll be no second chances.

Everyone will see Jesus at the same time when he’s coming back, including those who won’t meet him in the air (Matthew 24:30-31; Revelation 1:7).  I’ve wondered how every eye will see, but, then, he’s God (Luke 1:37).

Because we don it know when Jesus is returning, we must be prepared today and every day as if looking forward to his return (2 Corinthians 6:1-2). By living in that way, as Peter suggested, we are making the best possible investment (2 Peter 3:11-13; Matthew 6:19-21).

Are you ready for Jesus’ return? It is as certain as death and taxes.

Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at lmlaur@plateautel.net

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