Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and render unto God the things that are bigly. pic.twitter.com/LXCHLpmLJW— Lane Kisonak (@lanekisonak) February 1, 2016
Striking in this account (the text and video below) is the obvious: How little the religious leaders of His day did those who opposed Jesus understand His mission and Gospel? Advance forward to our time and we also see deep-seated ignorance of Christianity on the part of many political leaders who would profess faith and belief (per the tweet at the top of this post).
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20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,
24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
VIDEO SOURCE : The USA political season has been in full swing for more than a year in anticipation of the Iowa Caucuses that took place yesterday (Feb. 1). Duly noted during the lead up to this date have been the many attempts of candidates to appeal to the evangelical right in Iowa and elsewhere. In fact, the national political season is chock-full of interesting #SocialCurrentSee, the clips and stories about how mainstream politics meets main street religion. Not far from this date in the USA is the April 15 Federal and state tax deadline, a moment that looms as probably the least-valued date on the annual calendar. Such has been the public view of taxes and tax filing for time immemorial, as noted in this YouTube clip and the scriptural account that is the preface to this post.
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