Bible Ballistics: BBs #97 Render Unto Caesar???
I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of things lately about political issues. Some from Christians, some not, but the thing that has been bothering me came from a cartoon depicting a Christian complaining to Jesus about the hard things that were going on politically and questioning the merit of ‘turning the other cheek’, and ‘going the second mile’, ‘love your enemies’,while Jesus seemed to be puzzled at the question.
Well, whoever drew that cartoon, shot the arrow that has pricked my heart. I’d like to share some things today that have been brought to bear on my heart by my Lord. While I plan to continue this vein of thought on Sunday, I couldn’t delay sharing what’s on my heart. I hope you will stay with me. I am a ‘red, white and blue’ American, but first and foremost I belong to Jesus!!
While we live in the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’, I question whether we don’t often shift our allegiance to ‘America the Beautiful’, rather than “The Old Rugged Cross” and the Christ crucified for our ‘sin’, for the ‘sin’ of the world.
Jesus called us to be fishers of men, not assailants of our enemies. Please don’t misunderstand; I believe we are to stand for ‘righteousness’, but how are we to do that? Jesus was God in the flesh, born into a cruel, hostile, over-lording Roman empire. Yet He spoke about spiritual things contrary to the mindset of the zealots of His day. When asked by the religious leaders about ‘allegiances’, His answer shocked the crowd.
Mark 12:17, “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.”
What are we to render unto Caesar? Jesus, the perfect Son of God rendered unto Caesar. Peter speaking of Christ wrote this about our Lord and Savior—
1 Peter 2:22-23, “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:….”
So??? Here’s our shot for today.
Jesus the perfect Son of God didn’t squawk about the wicked, unfair trails he endured!!
He didn’t scoff about the taxes that were levied!
He ‘committed himself to him that judgeth righteously”.
So my question today is: Can people tell by our words, our writings, our postings, and our jokes, that we are committing ourselves to the one that ‘judgeth righteously’? Or do our words and deeds declare that we believe that we must protect, defend and retaliate in our own strength. I’m all for defending our freedoms, but how are we doing it? In Christ’s strength with righteous integrity, relying on God as our source, or through self-reliant ridicule and scoffing of those we disapprove of. Please join me Sunday for the ‘rest of this story’.