One Thing You Missed: Why Churches are Tax-Exempt

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Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke argued during a televised town hall event that churches and other religious institutions should be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they fail to accept and affirm same-sex marriage. Honestly, I was reluctant even to address the issue in light of his comments because they were almost entirely irrelevant. Not only did I strongly disagree with former Congressman O’Rourke’s remarks, but so did the frontrunners in the Democratic primary as well as the Constitution of the United States. But even though the tax-exempt status of religious organizations is not presently under threat, I think we do need to know why tax-exemption exists and why it matters.

On Churches and Tax-Exemption

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Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


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Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).