Sample Sermons and Biblical Studies
The sample sermons and biblical studies listed below provide theological perspectives on a Christian's interaction with the state when it comes to payment of military taxes. Certain figures may be out of date. For up-to-date figures and information about the Peace Tax Fund, please contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org). For convenient printing, these documents are all in Microsoft Word DOC format.
"Why I Witness to Christ's Lordship in War Tax Resistance" by Willard M. Swartley (4 pages)
In this paper, Swartley, Professor Emeritus of the New Testament at Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary, provides a brief theological examination of biblical texts that inform his decision to resist payment of taxes for military purposes.
"The Christian and the Payment of Taxes Used for War" by Willard M. Swartley (14 pages)
The basic sources of authority through which Christians learn the will of God are scripture, church, and Spirit. This study seeks to understand how one of these sources, scripture, directs Christians on the morally agonizing question: Should Christians who seek to follow the Prince of Peace support a war-oriented federal budget? Can we be Good Samaritans and support a systemic spiraling of weaponry that maintains "the balance of terror" and portends cosmocide?
"What About Taxes?" by Steve Ratzlaff (4 pages)
This sermon examines the meaning of Jesus' famous statement in Matthew 22: "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." What belongs to the emperor, and what belongs to God?
"Mennonites' Split Personality" by Steve Ratzlaff (4 pages)
This sermon is a call for Mennonites to be consistent regarding their peace stance and payment for war through taxes.
"Resisting the Golden Statue" by Tim Godshall (6 pages)
The following sermon is based upon Daniel, Chapter 3, the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The sermon compares
their choice not to bow down to the statue with the choice faced by Christians today when our nation calls for our
allegiance in war. It contains detailed information about the Peace Tax Fund.