Tax Break (Money) Over God?

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Articles
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In Maryland, lovely Maryland, there is a rain tax. Or to put more politely, there is a “stormwater remediation fee.” It basically means that everyone must pay a tax on anything on their property which prevents the rain from reaching the earth. Your house and driveway would be two of the most common objects. Depending on what you have on your land and how much it rains, the fees can be quite large. Obviously, paying a tax on rain is ridiculous; it’s like paying a tax on the air we breath. It’s a natural phenomenon, how can the government tax us on it? Well, because they want the money and no one is going to stop them. That’s how.

Anyway, the law was made official in 2013, so churches (and us!) have been getting taxed for a year on rain.

However, it turns out that there is a way churches can reduce their rain tax. Of course, there’s a condition; they must “adopt programs and equipment that will curb runoff, lessen pollution, and help bolster the environment.” So if they do this, they can cut their fees significantly, but in addition, they have to preach “green” sermons. They have to preach environmental sermons to their congregations.

If any church accepts these conditions (at least 30 already have), we think they are putting money in front of God. They are choosing to take reduced taxes if they “preach” environmentally focused sermons, if they preach what the government wants them to preach. But churches are supposed to be preaching the Word of God.

And that means that there’s more churches gone downhill. How many more do you think will accept those terms?

Source: Churches receive stormwater fee discounts by starting “green” ministries, sermons.

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