I’m not sure if the Church is doing its part in our society. As I’m about to spell out, perhaps society lets us off too easy.
Mission Trips take you out of your routine. Last week was one of those weeks for me. I fairly quickly developed a routine for the week. That’s what we do, as people.
One of the drastically different parts of my routine on Mission Trip, I have to admit, is regular visits to WalMart. During the rest of the year I am in Walmart maybe once a month. During mission trip, I average about once a day.
But, never fear, I have my WalMart tax-exempt card. As I work for a non-profit and CTCYM Mission Trips are organized by the Church, and are thus tax-exempt, I don’t have to pay taxes on those daily supply trips.
But should I?
These days most states are making drastic cuts in their budgets, and budget cuts mean cuts in services. Since mist states rely heavily on sales tax revenue, is it really fair that churches are exempt from paying sales tax?
This was just the beginning snowball of thought on whether or not Churches are paying their fair share. I wonder what the value of tax-exempt property owned by churches is, and what a difference that might make on state budgets.
Many of us in the church have been crying loudly about proposed (or enacted) state and federal budget cuts and how they seem to have the greatest affect on those who can least afford it.
Yet we hold tightly onto our tax-exempt status.
Perhaps it is time, Church, to let go of the privilege given years ago, and to step up and do our fair share.
Should all non-profits forsake tax-exemption? Perhaps not. But a lot of non-profits exist for service to community and world. How much of the typical church budget (or property holding) is for service to community and world.
Let’s step up, Church!