Discernment

Bible & Government I: Give to Caesar?

“…give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” ~ Luke 20:25

It is quite remarkable how the Bible interprets itself. Remember, this is not one book by one author. It is 66 books, by 40 authors, written in several different nations, over hundreds of years. The 66 books of the Bible provide commentary on each other, and clarification on each other. If there is something in the Bible you do not understand, the answer is somewhere else in the Bible– not in some Bible commentary written thousands of years later. A glaring example of this is the idea of what Jesus meant when he said to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He [Jesus] saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they [the chief priests] replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent. ~ Luke 20:26

I have heard countless lessons on this from Bible teachers I respect, but none of them ever use the Bible to interpret itself on this issue. They wax philosophical. They guess. They give lectures on good citizenship and paying one’s taxes. They do everything but look at what the Bible says about this issue. The Bible clearly tells us exactly what belongs to God.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it… ~ Psalm 24:1

Nothing is Caesar’s. Everything is God’s.

The teachers of the law and the chief priests tried to entrap Jesus with their question. They believed he would answer that the Jews of Israel should not pay taxes to the occupying Roman Empire. In this, they would have made him vulnerable to prosecution by the Romans. But with his answer, Jesus outsmarts his questioners. He does not say to pay taxes, nor does he say not to pay taxes. He merely shows them Caesar’s inscription on the coin, and says “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” This answer astonishes the questioners, and is sufficient to end the questioning.

Exactly what did Jesus mean by his answer? He seems to be telling the Jews to pay their taxes. After all, he does show them Caesar’s inscription on the coin, and then says to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Not so fast, we need to consider two facts.

First, in outsmarting his opponents, Jesus is following his own advice to “…be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” ~ Matthew 10:16. By outsmarting his opponents without lying, Jesus is being shrewd and innocent.

Second, to interpret what Jesus means, we must go to the literary source Jesus quotes over and over throughout his earthly ministry. It is the literary source from which Jesus derives his many “it is written” statements. This is the literary source Jesus quoted when tempted by Satan, and it is the literary source to which he repeatedly refers throughout the Gospels. This literary source is the Bible, not Roman Law! Therefore, to know what Jesus means by “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s,” we must inquire what the Bible says is Caesar’s, and what the Bible says is God’s.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it… ~ Psalm 24:1

I’m afraid that after God gets done declaring what belongs to God, there isn’t much left for poor little Caesar. Sorry little fella, will you settle for a slice of pizza?

Little Caesars Thumbs Up

We must let the Bible interpret the Bible. We cannot let the commentaries interpret the Bible. We cannot guess, or wax philosophical, or simply regurgitate the same old incorrect teachings we hear. We must let the Bible interpret the Bible.

Despite the endless greed, evil, and entitlement mentality of big-government Leftists, the money in people’s pockets belongs to God, not government. One of the greatest results of the “give to Caesar” conversation between Jesus and the chief priests is that it eternally linked “government” with “Caesar.” Caesar was a brutal occupier, who expanded his empire through force– this accurately describes all Yahweh-less human government. Throughout Christendom, whenever the role of government is discussed, the words “government” and “Caesar” are used synonymously (and accurately) thanks to this passage of scripture.

Should Christians refuse to pay taxes? No, not necessarily. I’ll have more on that in my next post. On a side note, Americans have largely been spared the agony of deciding whether to pay taxes, because our taxes are stolen deducted from our paychecks before we even receive them! My, my, how far we have fallen.

Of Extort the people, by scam the people, and for rob the people.

The Bible instructs government and citizenry as to how they are to function and interact. In my next post, I will address these instructions. In the mean time, speak up the next time someone uses “give to Caesar” as a lesson on how you are to quietly be the government’s extortion victim. After all, dissent is patriotic, right?

“Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism.” – Hillary Clinton, 2006

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    • That’s a great question. My answer is to get involved in politics– not just by getting elected to office, but in conversation with Christians, and when evangelizing potential new believers. Christians have been hoodwinked into believing that they must separate faith and politics. This is completely unbiblical.

      We have been sold the propaganda of the separation of church and state (which is nowhere in the Bible, or the Constitution!!!), and we have swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. Christian leaders even tell us nonsense such as, “We’re not here to save America. We’re here to save Americans.” God is nationalist, not globalist. He loves nations, and we are to preserve them.

      God created nations, each with their own individual borders and identity, so that no one could ever take over the world. Satanic power ALWAYS tries to take over the entire world. Nimrod was the first to try it, and a long line of mini-antichrist’s has followed– Hitler, etc.
      No one will ever succeed, including The Antichrist in the end times.

      Embrace your nationalism. Embrace your Americanism. Get elected to office and lower peoples’ taxes. When taxes come up in conversation, and a Christian robotically recites the “give to Caesar” principle, offer conversational resistance. Correct them by using the Bible to interpret the Bible. Show them exactly what belongs to God, and what belongs to Caesar:

      The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
      the world, and all who live in it… ~ Psalm 24:1

      Caesar knows what belongs to God– everything! That is why Caesar is so eager to push God out of public school, and the public square, and the nation altogether.

      God bless, and thank you for the question!

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