READ : Matthew 22:15-22
Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? (v. 17)
“Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” said Jesus, “and to God the things that are God’s.” In so saying, Jesus established for his disciples the fact that they had an obligation to two realms – the temporal and the eternal. We owe something to God, but we also owe something to Caesar.
A Christian’s primary allegiance is to God. But let’s not forget Caesar. The hope of heaven in the next world shouldn’t blind us to the problems and realities of this present world.
A missionary friend who serves in a small village in Central America tells me that she sometimes gets letters from well-meaning Americans who offer to come and work with her. She says, “I tell them that, yes, there is a great need where I am, but that there is also a great need where they are.” There is a great need where you are. This temporal world, Caesar’s world, it needs you. Volunteer organizations are crying for help: people to tutor the illiterate, or serve meals to the hungry, or counsel the unemployed. Get involved. The Christian faith is not a force that shelters us from the world’s problems; it is a force that propels us into the world’s problems.
Here am I, Lord; send me, use me, for the good of your world.