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Christians are simultaneously citizens of heaven and residents of earth. This inevitably leads to conflict.
The Pharisees sought to entangle Jesus in this quagmire, pestering him with questions regarding taxes. Our Lord responded with an explosive statement, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and render to God what is God’s.” This remark outlines our relationship to God and government. We not only owe the government taxes, but we also owe it lawful submission and regular prayer. God is owed our total allegiance, and this includes our compassionate engagement in society and our active proclamation of the gospel. When those responsibilities clash, we must remember that morality supersedes legality, parental rights supersede school authorities, and biblical teaching supersedes politically correct policies.
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