The Politics of God and the God of Politics (Matthew 22:15-22)Pastor Joe Sanders, November 7, 2010
Part of the Standalone series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There might not be a better example of what's wrong with Man and with our world than the American political scene. Most of us are glad that election seasons are over and we're just happy that we don't have to watch any more political ads after the first Tuesday in November. We are confused as to what the issues really are and even more confused about how to get involved in making a difference. More than anything, there is a real sense of disillusionment and detachment from the American political system right now. A lot of people have responded to a system that they feel is failing by sitting out of politics- they don't vote, they don't march, they don't picket, and they don't think it would matter if they did. Christians are looking for a path to follow here that allows them to make a difference while being true to the high requirements that Christ places on them for mercy, justice, peace, and loving their neighbors. The Bible speaks clearly to this and directs Believers in how to engage in the government of men while living in the unseen Kingdom of God.
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15Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 16And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. 22When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way. (KJV)