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CLARITY – 12-3-18 Render to Caesar

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-3-18

Rendering to Caesar

 

What’s Happening: “Paris is under siege – no, not by Napoleon – but by protesters that are complaining about the high cost of living and a new fuel tax (that has much to do about ‘climate change’). Macron promises to deal with the protests (that are the most violent since 2005) when he returns from the G20 Summit in Argentina. 224 have been arrested and over 100 injured so far. The protesters are trashing monuments, burning cars and looting boutiques (https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-12-01/french-police-deployed-amid-new-round-of-protests-over-taxes). ‘(Violence) has nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger,’ Macron said from Buenos Aires.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nobody likes paying taxes.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You’re right. Opposition to the Stamp Act and the Tea Act fostered riots that turned into the American Revolution…so I guess we have no room to talk. Still, both are to blame – the government (for passing a nonsensical tax), and the protesters (for the violence). You cannot push either beyond a certain point. What will be the end? Macron, whose popularity is understandably flagging, may cave…but so may the protesters.”

 

“Christians? Sometimes, a government taxes too harshly or does something else unpopular. However, we are to pay our taxes (Luke 20:22-25; Rom. 13:6-7). Nothing is said about whether we like it or not. I guess God wants us to object only for the more serious. What’s more serious than our money you ask? Well, in the first place…it’s not your money (Ps. 24:1). Peter and John protested before the Jewish leaders over the more serious wrong of preaching in the name of Christ (Acts 3:1-4:22), but continued. In the second place…well, you’re in second place, not in first. As my pastor once said, ‘That’s a funny way for God to spend His money.’”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have and maintain the right priorities, but save us from a tyrannical government; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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