Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So, they left him and went away.  Matthew 22:15-22

           

As election day quickly approaches, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern all of the issues we face as Christians in an extremely volatile political climate. There is a noticeable increase in advertisements that tout one candidate over another based on their particular stance on a hot-button topic. Watercooler floods our televisions, radios, inboxes and social media feeds, and watercooler talks inevitably turn to taxes, the environment, the industrial war complex, and gasoline prices.           

 

So, what are we to do in a day and age where the happenings of the government seem diametrically opposed to God’s intent?  We look to the pages of Scripture, and specifically to the example that Jesus Himself gave. As we read the above passage, it is clear that even He was not immune to the trappings of the politics of the current day. As the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus into saying that either paying taxes is against the will of God, or that Ceasar is indeed worthy of the tax, Christ was clear in His message. The things of earth and man are exactly that.  Only important in the sight of the world, since they have no spiritual value, it is no issue to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”  He was more interested in the things that are eternally important.

 

So, before we engage in a political war of words on social media, or in my particular case, a heated Barbershop discussion, be reminded of what is truly important, the Gospel message of Christ.  Pray for your choices and align yourself with the issues that are eternally important.

 

Have a great week!

~Danny