Mark Froseth is a member of Joy! Lutheran Church in Gurnee, Joy!’s Faith In Action Team, and the CRS Education Issue Council. In the following blog, he shares his testimony for why he supports a fair tax.
I am very passionate about a fair tax for two reasons: care for our children and care for those who experience poverty.
As a father of 2 and stepfather of 4, I am very connected to our Illinois education systems. All in all, my family has benefited from a quality education but even in our affluent community, I see funding issues that cause overcrowding in the classrooms and the reduction of valuable programs for our children. Across the state, I see even bigger issues that significantly impact our children’s safety and quality of education. I believe every child in Illinois deserves a quality education no matter what community they are from. As Jesus tells us in the story of the Good Samaritan, He calls us to love and care for each other which certainly includes all of our children. And in 1 John 3:17-18 it says “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion – how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
Our state tax system greatly disadvantages our neighbors who live in poverty. They are required to pay a much larger proportion of their income in taxes than the wealthy. In Luke 12:48 it says “For everyone to whom much is given, much will be required.” As a person who has been greatly blessed financially, I feel a responsibility to contribute my fair share to support needed programs in our state. I like the messages in Matthew to guide my view of money – “Don’t store up treasures on earth! Instead, store up your treasures in heaven. You cannot serve both God and money.”