A theology of taxation …

Jim Burklo of Progressive Christians Uniting writes:

Some Americans believe that taxation is theft, and that taking care of the poor and vulnerable is the business of charity alone. Others call for a “flat tax” which they claim is more fair than progressive taxation, which imposes a higher rate of tax on those of higher incomes. Since theology is being used to support these ideas, theology is needed to support progressive taxation and an adequate taxpayer-funded social safety net.
“We tax ourselves to do what God requires of us, because the sin of greed prevents our voluntary charity from adequately caring for our most vulnerable citizens.”
“Our nation’s founders held the Judeo-Christian belief that all human beings are sinners. So they created checks and balances in the Constitution to restrain our natural greed for power. Our sin of greed also renders our voluntary charity inadequate, so through our democratic process we collect taxes from ourselves to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. Jesus said ‘Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required’ (Luke 12:48). ‘Much’ means that this requirement should have an equalized impact on people’s lives, rather than being a flat percentage regardless of income. So those of higher incomes should be required to pay a higher rate of tax.”
Position Paper: A very thorough theological argument for progressive taxation: “An Evaluation of Federal Tax Policy Based on Judeo-Christian Ethics” – Susan Pace Hamill, Professor of Law, University of Alabama
Supporting facts demonstrating that charity is not adequate to meet human needs – an example:
Habitat for Humanity (faith-based charity): total number of housing units built in the US since 1978:
30,000 units
US Department of Housing and Urban Development:
Sec. 8 housing vouchers for low income families (30% of income paid as rent, rest of rent subsidized):
1,400,000 housing units annually (millions more households are eligible for this subsidy but cannot access it due to the limited funds for the program.)