There are two extremes to be avoided in politics. The first, less common approach, is to change Jesus into a primarily political figure. I played cricket in England with a communist who claimed that Jesus was a communist. He said that when Jesus wanted to bring about change he formed a committee. The second, more common, approach is to say that Jesus and therefore his followers had nothing to do with politics. These people see a divide between their provate lives of faith and their daily, public responsibilities. What do you think Jesus advocates?
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.
- What kind of people were sent to Jesus?
- What was the question that they asked Jesus?
- How was this a trap?
- How should Christians view taxes?
- How is a Christian’s faith related to public life?