Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?”
They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Luke 20:21-25
Almost 8 years ago someone asked me, “What are we going to do?”
This was right after the election of Barack Obama as President.
My response, “We will go on!”
And we did!
8 years later and it is another election year and there will be a new president this time. I’ll be honest – I’m not thrilled about the aspects of who will be on the ballot in November.
Politics is a hot topic with most everyone; almost as hot as religion.
Jesus didn’t get too political but then there weren’t elections. There were taxes that the Jews had to pay to a foreign government – Caesar and Rome.
Jesus isn’t really concerned about taxes. There will always be taxes. Money comes and money goes.
The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. 1 Tim 6:10
But I’m not talking about taxes, I’m talking about electing a president.
The principle is the same. Give it to God!
Recall what happened to Israel.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 1 Sam 8:4-5
Samuel mentioned the con’s of a having a king. Most dealt with taxes but he also touched on eminent domain, military draft, weapons of mass destruction, and minimum wage. (1 Sam 8:10-18)
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Sam 8:19-20
They failed to do as this nation is failing to do – trust God.
It’s on the money and it’s the national motto – In God We Trust – but we are failing in its observance.