There has been a lot of talk about the “Tea Party” these days. They’ve been called terrorists and conservative wackos, and worse. I’m not sure that the names are undeserved but they have their roots deep in American history. In Boston Harbor on this date in 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists dressed like Mohawk Indians came aboard three British ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. It was part of the protest for the British Tea Act of 1773, granting the East India Company a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The East India Company undercut even tea smuggled into America. Many colonists viewed the act as another example of extreme taxation of Great Britain.
By 1787 John Adams made a prediction, “Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty. … but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, … in sharing it equally with its present possessors. Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of every thing be demanded, and voted. What would be the consequence of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would … sell and spend all their share, and then demand a new division of those who purchased from them. … anarchy and tyranny commence.”
Taxation and tyranny often go hand in hand. Sloth and charity are also often partners. It is a sad commentary on humanity. Jesus even recognized it when he was asked about paying taxes to Caesar, “Whose image and name are on the coin?” The men answered, “Caesar’s.” Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:20-22 I believe what Jesus was getting at was not political – it was revolutionary. He was saying ALL your allegiance should be toward God. Money should not even be a concern. Government has grown so large that it has reached the point where some expect everything to be taken care of by Government. So government has replaced God in the care of people. This is what Jesus was warning about – so was John Adams. The church has also failed to deliver on taking care of people spiritually, as well, so there is plenty of blame to go around.
The revolution that needs to take place is within the human heart.