“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him. Mark 12:17 NKJV
Religious leaders and secular authorities asked Jesus, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
In Israel money bore the stamp of Caesar. The Jews were created in the image and likeness of God. The money we use today bears the image of our political leaders. You were created in the likeness of Almighty God. Do you marvel at that?
The people who asked this question were trying to trick Jesus. They were looking for something they could use against the Lord. They wanted to know if Jesus would lead the people against their Roman oppressors. They were leading people away from Christ.
I heard a radio commentator say it is now acceptable to use a racial slur that many people consider offensive. Doesn’t he have anything better to say? Don’t we have better things to do than listen to him?
There is a moral decline taking place today. The right to murder unborn children is protected and encouraged by our government. Our tax dollars pay for it. The definition of marriage is being distorted. The acceptance of homosexuality is forced upon us.
Atheists are building monuments next to the Ten Commandments. Caesar is enforcing his will upon us in the guise of security measures. These things cause fear and anxiety. Jesus wants us to trust Him now more than ever!
God is not calling us to abandon our Christian heritage. He is not calling us to surrender to the coming darkness. He is calling us to remember the Lord. Jesus told us the end times would be like the days before the flood.
Men and women will commit all manner of evil and call it good. People will abandon truth and gather around them those who teach what their itching ears want to hear. That is happening today.
God gives us leaders after our own hearts. The politicians are tickling the ears of the majority. Just as the people cried out for a false god in the desert people are calling out for a god of their own making today. It will end when Jesus returns!
God is calling us to give our hearts, minds and bodies to Him. The Holy Spirit is drawing people to the Lord. He is holding back the darkness so that our world doesn’t descend into total chaos. Jesus will use these dark times to save people and give glory to God.
Almighty God will use His people to accomplish His good and perfect will!
Render unto Caesar what is Cesar’s. Give God what rightfully belongs to Him!
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