Archaeology reveals that the coins in Roman times always belonged to the Emperor. I am not sure if that situation was invented by the Romans, but Governments since have adopted that attitude. Maybe some consider it a mere technicality, but give back what is already Caesar’s neatly blunts the argument and enables Jesus to raise the bar and to introduce the higher priority of giving back to God…some say “neat”, others caution “he has deepened the hatred towards himself.” Damned if you do and damned if you don’t!
We, in Victoria, more so than in other states, have two major questions facing us as community…the End of Life Bill in the Victorian Parliament and the Plebiscite Vote on Same Sex Marriage. We consider these weighty matters knowing that the Kingdom of God is among us and we are charged with furthering the work of the Kingdom. This necessarily means that differences of attitudes will be present and, thus, we are urged to put the Good News before the community. As Paul suggests, we need to show our “faith in action”, that we work “for love and persevere in hope”.
Serving God through civil society is, and always has been, a challenge. Some generations have managed the task better than others. Perhaps today’s events are really a massive wake up call to all committed followers of the Lord. Get involved in your community. Become paid up members of various associations. Have a voice. Be respectful but firm and, as Paul said elsewhere, have an answer for all who question.
It is our duty to pay as much and indeed much more attention to ‘God’s things’ as to ‘Caesar’s things’.