There once was a just and benevolent king who had many subjects. One day, three of them appeared before him on charges of tax evasion. He asked each to explain their failure to give the king what was due him in exchange for the blessings they experienced as residents in his realm.
The first subject answered the king, “Your majesty, I appreciate the welfare of your kingdom, but there are many other things for which I wanted to use the money. There was not enough for both. I had to make a choice.”
The second subject then approached the king and explained, “I, too, am grateful to live in your kingdom, but you require too much of your people. Your expectations are so high that I can never meet them, so I’ve given up trying. Taxes are just another burden I no longer want to bear.”
The third servant said simply, “O king, your laws are not just and you have been unfair to me and my family, so I will not pay your taxes.”
Now, what will this great king do to these unfaithful subjects?