Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22

A note from Holly

Jesus’ words, “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” are often quoted as if they settle the issue.

There are God’s things and then there are the government’s things. We have our religion over here and our politics over here. But the power of Jesus’ words comes from the fact that Jesus states, but does not resolve, the issue. When the religious leaders quizzed Jesus about whether it was in line with the Torah to pay taxes, he gave the question back to those questioning and challenging. He gave it back to us.

This faith stuff is far from easy. As William Sloane Coffin said: it is a mistake to look to the bible to close a discussion, the bible seeks to open one.

Whether it’s politics or the personal, I wouldn’t want to go it alone…

Thankful, thankful for Peace Church.

Holly