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Taking God Seriously

Taking God Seriously

It is important for me not to confuse my obligations to my country and my obligations to God. God expects me to obey regardless. I can’t ignore God and not obey him and his son Jesus, the Messiah.

I can’t trick Jesus. I can try but it just want work. Jesus knows what the issue really is all about. It is all about obeying God. There is no hiding from that. God’s goal is for me to listen to him and to obey him.

I must know that Jesus want pander to me and his elect, called out from this world. Jesus teaches the truth. Everyone knows this.

They sent some Pharisees and followers of Herod to bait him, hoping to catch him saying something incriminating. They came up and said, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, that you are indifferent to public opinion, don’t pander to your students, and teach the way of God accurately. Tell us: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

He knew it was a trick question, and said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Bring me a coin and let me look at it.” They handed him one.

“This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?”

“Caesar,” they said.

Jesus said, “Give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”

Their mouths hung open, speechless.

Source: Mark 12:13-17 (The Message Bible)