Aladeloba Babatunde

Dec 3, 2016

6 min read

Render Unto Caesar

Christ received the Herodians and Phariseean disciples, knowing what was on their mind. They approached Christ wanting to know his stands on tax payment to the government. Christ did not mince words or put forward a parable to them. Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar he said. This statement has been so many times interpreted by men of old and contemporary believers. We have resigned to accepting that Caesar is an idol, who is a significant alternative to our earthly challenges. We consult the acclaimed Caesar, when we think Christ is in delay mode and we have to catch up with contemporaries. We are quick to point to the Scriptures that Christ said Give to Caesar, what belongs to Caesar. This is delimitation of the potency and intending message of the Scripture, we didn’t check the precedence of the conversation. Christ will never suggest you consult divine powers anywhere else asides him. He said he is the way, truth and life. He is the absolute deity, who died upon the cross so that you and I could have victory over the idols we assume as Caesar. Who then is Caesar? Caesar is the government and body of law. We have social responsibilities towards the government and we should oblige to them.

What then do we give to Caesar?

Respect

Tax

Prayers

Queen Esther offered a 3 day prayer after the purposed annihilation of her people by the King and Haman. The Jews were already in distress and despair. Prayers changed all of that. Whatever wrong we see perpetrated by our leaders are subtle ways by the devil to oppress Christians and the populace at large. We have a divine charge to pray for every man in government, to liberate them from the hold of the wicked and more importantly win their souls for God. The petition we offer for God on behalf of our leaders, is proportionate to the quality of life we would live as individuals. These prayers would keep them from all their wrong thoughts and actions, we would have more capitalist, socialist and society leadership who are sincerely obliged to the yearnings of the populace. Prayers for Caesar simply means the tax collected will be rightly used, we would have better schools, well equipped hospitals, the government will rightly distribute wealth, there will be less battle for supremacy. Elections will be devoid of violence and malignant accusations. The government will legislate against ungodly decrees and we will be able to disseminate the gospel. It means the Russian president will not incite volatile words against America, South Korean leader will not become dictatorial to his followers and there will be less Antichristian Sect.

Supposedly, our leaders have compromised on their promises, they have misappropriated public funds and state tax, and it seems they don’t deserve any offerings. Jesus paid the temple tax, he said that we may not offend our leaders (Mat17:27). When we refuse to adhere to government laws, it automatically brings a legal charge against us. This questions our faith and we are asked, what would Jesus have done? Incases, where we our rights are infringed as Christians, we are exploited, the church building is brought down, we can’t see result of tax paid and gospel dissemination is legislated against. The Bible doesn’t expect us to stage protests, write petitions or begin legal proceedings against the state. God his mighty enough to defend his name. He defended his name against Pharaoh, Haman, Nahash, Agrippa1 etc. He didn’t need Moses, Esther, Saul or Peter to raise a hand. He is God, Strong and Mighty in battle.

Shedrack and Co. didn’t lose regard for Nebuchadnezzar, neither did Daniel for King Darius. They didn’t start an uproar against the state of Babylon for legislating against the worship of God. Instead they waited upon God to defend himself. Christ paid tax, recommended we pay tax, honored legal proceedings charged against him and showed respect for every earthly law. Regards for King Xerxes started the wall of Jerusalem, Christ’s admonishment to pay tax earned him the absolute respect of the Pharisees, Shedrack et al allowing God defend his cause won Babylon for Christ. The permit we refuse to pay and the disregard for the law is holding back one soul for Jesus. We have a divine charge to show respect, pay tax and pray for everyman in authority.

To access the life of a Victor. You must have a relationship with Jesus. Confess Jesus as your Lord and savior today, believing he died for your sins and resurrected for your justification.

Freelance Writer | Teenage Life Coach | Christ Lover

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