Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Mark 12:13-17(NASB)
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement. 14 They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15 "Shall we pay or shall we not pay?" But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at." 16 They brought one. And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" And they said to Him, "Caesar's." 17 And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.
It's interest that as I go through the Holy Week section of the Gospels that this passage shows up on my radar on April 15th when we're rendering unto Uncle Sam and Aunt Jennifer. As we look through scripture, we see a pattern of civil obedience interrupted only by insisting on the freedom of speech to preach the Gospel. Our tax money may well go to less-than-moral things, be they abortions or unjust wars or family-protection departments that screw things up royally, but we're supposed to obey the laws of our governments. In the US and many other places, we're blessed with a representative democracy, where we can elect our leaders, and get rid of ones that don't serve us, as they did yesterday in Quebec. God's not a God of anarchy but of order, and he allows goverment to create order. He's also a God of freedom, and we need to work at keeping a goverment that allows us a wide swath of freedom within a basic order.

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