An Unfair Indictment

Elsewhere in this issue there appears a contribution from brother “N. D.” under the title “Compromising.” Not only do I wish to call attention to the fact that placement of a contribution does not imply editorial agreement, but I also wish to express my strong disagreement. 

The thrust of that contribution is that we who send our children to Christian Schools are guilty of compromise and of avoiding persecution when we pay taxes with which the State maintains the public school system. 

Let me make the issue very clear. The issue is not whether public education is wrong; indeed, the public school system is nothing less than antichristian. 

Nor is the issue whether it is wrong for the State to engage in education and to use government funds for this purpose. I believe that that, too, is wrong—even apart from the fact that the education offered in the public school system is wrong. I do not believe that it is the business of the State to educate children. 

Nor is the issue whether or not it is unfair that Christian parents must pay taxes which go for the support of the public school system and also pay tuition to support their parental schools. I certainly, believe that this is unfair, even though I do not believe that the solution lies in the direction of State funds for private schools. 

But the issue is whether it is compromise on the part of Christians to pay property taxes which the State uses for public education. 

I find it difficult to understand the reasoning process which arrives at such a conclusion. And I believe it is a grossly unfair indictment of our people. 

There have been many of our people in the past and there are today many of our people who sacrifice greatly, to the extent of thousands of dollars, in order to provide their children with a covenantal education, while they pay property taxes toward public education for which, they receive no value in return. To me, it is very strange reasoning to call this compromise. On the contrary, I believe that this is not compromise, but living the antithesis. 

But let me also point out the fallacy of the reasoning in the contribution referred to. That fallacy is that you and I are personally responsible for the use which the government makes of our tax monies after we have paid our taxes. This is simply not true. I am not responsible for the use which Caesar makes of the taxes which he collects from me. I am only responsible to pay what is required. The Biblical principal is: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” The fact is, therefore, that it would be wrong for a Christian not to pay his due taxes. And if he would refuse to pay those taxes, he would be punished, not for well-doing, but as an evildoer. 

Finally, if we follow the line of reasoning of this contribution, then the solution that is suggested is also wrong. The contribution suggests that we will have to lose our property and rent housing for our families. It should not be overlooked, however, that anyone who pays rent for housing is also indirectly contributing toward the property taxes of the landlord. To be consistent, N.D. should propose that we get out of the World—something that is impossible. 

There is one element in this contribution with which I agree. That is that the time will come when it will be impossible for us to have our own schools. It may even be that such a time is not far distant. When such a time comes, then God’s people may not compromise! But as long as it is still possible to have truly Christian schools, let us maintain them and keep them strong and pure—even though it involves sacrifice.