Victory in the Community: Civic Responsibility
And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” Matthew 22:20-21
We’ve spent time this week learning how to claim victory in the community in various ways. Now we discuss an important civic responsibility we have as citizens…
For anyone who wonders why or to what extent Christians should be involved in politics, give them one challenge: Go share the Gospel in North Korea and tell us how it goes.
If they didn’t come back dead, they probably didn’t make it into the country. Yes, Christian, you have a duty to engage in local, gubernatorial, and national politics.This doesn’t mean you need to run for Office—everyone has different giftings and callings—but it does mean you have a minimum requirement by God to be a model citizen. Let’s look at the Scripture.
In this passage, the Pharisees attempt to trap Jesus into taking a political stance. How does Jesus respond? He makes it clear God’s Kingdom is on a whole ‘nother level above politics... Heaven doesn’t have elections. Your physical preferences are left behind with your earthly body. Jesus is Lord everyday.
But what does Jesus not say about Caesar? He doesn’t say, “I am pretending he doesn’t exist,” or “Why bother voting?” He simply says, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and God what is God’s.”
Exercise your right to vote. Voice your opinions. Speak out against injustice. Pay taxes. But know this at the end of every day: God is ultimately concerned with your heart, soul, and mind.
Daily Battle Order:
Do you know when your next local election is? Have you researched the candidates?
What is the condition of your heart? Is it rendered to “Caesar?” Or to your Savior?