12 Weeks of Prayer Week 2 Day 5
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAESAR’S AND GOD’S
By Pastor Mike Heil
TOH The Unapologetic Theologian
“Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”
The evil one has pushed our culture towards stifling and serious new persecutions of the saints. Just recently the Democrats in congress passed legislation, which if made into law, would legalize many sins, while at the same time leveling penalties for using the proper Godly terms of “male” and “female.” Christian groups on university campuses are being intimidated and shut down in a perverted application of the First Amendment. We have congressmen calling God “she” while another Democratic congressman boldly stated, “God’s will is of no concern to this congress.” After taking over the government last month, the Democrats are making a mad dash at warp speed to being an ungodly social agenda to America; an agenda that includes persecution of Bible-believing saints who follow Christ as Lord. As this happens, how is the body of Christ (the church) to react? Does the church have any protection from a government now focused on criminalizing their faith in God?
In Matthew 22, our Lord was confronted by the Pharisees and the Herodian’s who weren’t attempting to trap him publicly before the Jews. They wanted to embarrass and push Jesus into a corner where the Jews would turn on him. So they asked him a question about how the Jews should handle the government oppression by the Romans. If he answered and said that they should pay the tax, he would be supporting the Roman government control of the Jews. The Jews, of course, were against this. If he answered and said that the Jews should not pay the tax, he was publicly fostering rebellion against the Roman government. Of course, the Romans would be very angry at that. So Jesus and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, came up with the right and perfect answer saying: “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and render unto God the things that are God." In this answer Jesus presented not only a sage response to the trap the Pharisees had set, but he established the spiritual principle that God and human government are two different things. With the aggressive posture that Satan is fostering in the American government today, it is important that the saints of Jesus Christ know this principle. God has established human government, that happened way back in Genesis 8 and 9, when God gave a new covenant that Noah and his family were to walk in upon the earth. Today, human government is still a function of God’s authority. Romans 13:1-7 shares that God establishes government to protect the righteous by punishing the wicked.
Since our spiritual life with God through Jesus Christ is one thing, and human government is another thing, we need to realize our protection is a function and blessing associated, first and foremost, with God and not human government. Fourteen separate times in Scripture, God reveals that He is a refuge for the saints. Many times, in those same verses He declares that He is also a fortress, a rock, and a very present help in the time of need. We also have many examples in the Old Testament where the saints in the Old Testament were divinely protected by God: Joseph, David, Elijah, and Daniel are just a few examples. So one of the blessings of our covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the covenant right t