Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings in our Lord’s name who is seated on the throne!
Even as I pen this letter, all around I hear the victory march. Regardless of the results, notwithstanding who the government is, a Christian’s responsibility does not change. We are called to obey the government because, “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” Romans 13:1. As someone just mentioned to me, “anybody can be on the seat, but our Lord is on the throne.”
Few days ago I was at the Staff Conference at Kotagiri and I shared with them the importance of compliance to the laws of the land for non-profit organizations like ours including handling of cash, foreign funds among other things. For example, during a camp or conference we should not pay to any vendor more than Rs 10,000 in cash according to a new section of Income tax laws and we should not receive more than Rs 2 lakhs on a single day or an event.
Some of us might argue saying, we are focused on spiritual matters like sharing the gospel and making disciples, so God will excuse us for these lapses. Is that true? What does the Bible say? Therefore, one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:5-7
Therefore, dear friends, Compliance is as spiritual as other matters we are engaged in UESI and let us all take effort to know what are the laws that we need to obey. Ignorance is no excuse! If you have any doubts regarding financial transactions, please call or write to FAD Secretary Brother Jayasheel (firstname.lastname@example.org / 9952988740) or GV our accountant (email@example.com). In addition, this year FAD team plans to conduct Treasurer Consultation including compliance and stewardship sessions across all zones for all Treasurers, including EU, EGF and State and other leaders, where we will cover all these important matters. If you are eager to have us sooner than later, write to me (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and we will plan one for your zone or state.
Yours in Christ,