I’m in the middle of an intense four week writing assignment–more on that later–so I haven’t had time to blog as much as I’d like. But in case you missed it, Christianity Today has an interesting article on the precarious position of the ministerial housing allowance. Senator Charles Grassley’s investigation of the alleged improprieties of televangelists has led him to wonder what other benefits ministers might be getting from mammon.
I will be sad to see the housing allowance go, but honestly, I can’t think of a good argument to keep it. Romans 13:6-7 is still in the Bible, and it doesn’t contain a ministerial exclusion. Alas, this may be the last year our toilet paper is tax free. As you can tell by that last sentence, the housing allowance is incredibly hard to justify.