Pharisees asked Jesus a “trick” question: “’Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?’ But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, ‘Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.’ So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’ (Matthew 22:17-21 NKJV). Jesus kept the line firmly drawn between “church and state.” Caesar claims tax money, but a constitutionally-controlled government should stay within its legal limits. Everything else belongs to, “the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15 NKJV), and should be outside the authority of the State!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.