Mark 12:16-17King James Version (KJV)
16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.
17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.
A report by Pew Research last year showed that, as before, the majority of Americans (53 per cent) would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who doesn’t believe in God. Unsurprisingly, this is higher among Republicans – 70 per cent of whom would be less likely to vote for an atheist, in comparison with 42 per cent of Democrats.
I want to say this to every Christian listening to my voice: Let’s stop criticizing candidates for their religious convictions or ………. the perceived lack thereof.
>When I say this, people counter with “Well, that is what our Constitution is founded on —- Christian values!” . There is no religious test for public office. If you don’t believe me, check out the Constitution of the United States, Article VI, Paragraph 3: By its plain terms, no federal office holder or employee can be required to adhere to or accept any particular religionor doctrine as a prerequisite to holding a federal office or a federal government job. It immediately follows a clause requiring all federal and state officers to take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. This clause contains the only explicit reference to religion in the original seven articles of the U.S. Constitution.
In addition, although we live in a predominantly Christian nation, religiosity is on the decline and the amount of people declaring themselves “un-churched” or non-religious is on the rise. If there should be that dark day when the Christian religion is replaced with some other…….. maybe the second most popular religion of the world (look it up) ….. We would shudder the thought of a religious theocracy at the helm of our government. Think outside the box and outside your comfort zone for a moment and imagine THAT. My second advice……. Please read Exodus 18, “Jethro Visits Moses”. To put it in everyday language, Moses was trying to be te leader and the people relied upon him for everything.
BTW, Jethro was Moses’s father in law….. so in chapter 9 Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. In other words, Jethro was pretty happy with everything that was going on and the stuff tat the Lord accomplished. He (Jethro) was convinced that the Lord was indeed Good.
When he (Jethro) showed up the next day, however, he became perturbed with the management skills of his son-in-law Moses, and his apparent inability to delegate: 14 When his father-in- law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
So….. 15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will.16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”
Now , Jethro being a pretty wise man answered he following: 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people.
Select “capable” men or women. You are not electing a minister, and remember this ……. some of those people who can recite the words of the Bible, Scripture and Verse……. will do so with a heart filled with ambition, deceit and vainglory that they managed to use their wits to gain fortune.
Matthew 23: 5 – 7
5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a]wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
As Christians we want to believe and we are easily duped. Once again….. “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
For Reference see: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2018