It is easy to fall for the electoral bait of tax reforms because no one likes taxes, even though we benefit from them. But this is not a new phenomenon. Having been levied by most civilizations for political gain or social order, taxes have fuelled many a revolution and have sometimes been contested to the point of bloodshed!
In AD 70, the Romans imposed a tax that replaced the tithe the Jews used to give for the upkeep of their Temple before it was destroyed. What had previously been meant for God was now going to the pagan temple of Jupiter, indirectly compromising the Jews with idolatry. In AD 81 Domitian extended this tax to anyone remotely connected with Jewish customs. To avoid it the already persecuted Christian minority dissociated itself from the Jewish roots of its faith and sought to be recognized as altogether separate from Judaism. Later still, some of the Church Fathers did their best to legitimize this Great Divide by claiming that the Church had replaced Israel.
However regardless of the historical, spiritual and fiscal reasons behind its usurpation, the Church can still reconnect with its Jewish roots. Certainly, if it does, it will once again be exposed to the persecution of an increasingly anti-Semitic world. But it will also know God’s victory as it has never known it before!