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Holding Onto the Root of All Evil

John Collins04/17/2012
Matthew 22 describes how the Pharisees attempted to entangle Jesus in his words.  

The Pharisees sent their disciples along with the Herodians to Jesus and said, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances."

"Tell us, then, what do you think:  Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caeser, or not?"

Jesus, aware of all things, was aware of their malice.  He said, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites?  Show me the coin for the tax."  They brought him a denarius.

"Whose face and inscription is on this coin?" Jesus asked.  

"Caesar's," they replied.

Jesus replied, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

When the disciples of the Pharisees and the Herodians heard this, they marveled.  They left Jesus and went away.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we give everything we owe to our authorities, or do we try to invent ways to beat the system?  Do we move our assets into other states or even countries to avoid taxes, or do we pay them as Jesus commanded?  Do we hide large amounts of money through non-profit organizations established for the sole purpose of making profit?  Are we giving all that we should to God?  Do our pastors use their money wisely, giving back to God by giving to the poor, or do they keep it for themselves?  When we see the pastors not helping the poor, do we start giving, or do we simply turn our heads and look the other way?  Are we giving to God the things that are Gods?

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