Mark Has Some Good News, Part 51, Render To Omnipotence
Paying Taxes to Caesar
13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?" 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it." 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." 17 Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at him.
Who owns your money?
Maybe it's my big God complex or just the absurdity that a piece of paper (and now plastic in Canada) can have value, but the fact of the dollar is it’s Gods. And that a big God knows how much money you need and how much money the tax man needs to take for the country. This is why tax collector who embezzled tips out of their job description were sinful people. Not just because it's theft, but in part because it's fear. Fear that God isn't going to pay you enough for your job so "I'll just take what I need"
Jesus sets our cash flow straight. Taxes belong to Caesar because his face is on the coin. And people who bear the image of God belong to that God including Caesar who was also "a person"
Colbert might be saying it now but it's just as true back them empires are people too. Nothing that is considered anything is outside of the everything that God created.
"Hypocrites say either all money is Gods so I won't give it to governments" and/or "All money is the governments so I can't give to God".
Neither realize that God owns their money!