Friday, October 17, 2014

Sunday, October 19th- Politics of a Christian

Our gospel lesson this week comes from Matthew 22:15-22. This is one of Jesus' most famous interactions with the Pharisees (and Herodians). We hear Jesus utter some of his most famous words, "Render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

I ask myself each time I read scripture two important questions:
1. What is the context?
2. What does it mean for us today?

The first question was easier than the second. The second much more complicated. The word "politics" has become some what pejorative and controversial. The word politics simply put is the way we govern, order, and live out our lives. There are different political systems all over the place. There are politics in our families, in our workplace, in our governments, and in our churches.

This Sunday we will talk about the important truth that Jesus desires to reign in all these individual systems of politics. The challenge to hearing these words is that we might not want to deal with the tension that the teachings of Jesus might bring to the way we operate our families, exist in our workplace, perceive our government, and operate our church. 

We will dwell in this tension and hopefully come out better followers of Jesus.