I’m sitting here at my desk looking at a one dollar bill. Strange, you might say. But in light of the question Jesus was asked during his last week, “Is it lawful to pay taxes...” it seems appropriate. At issue was the question of paying taxes to the Romans. It wasn’t so much a tax like we have for the common good, it was a tribute to be paid – or else. As I look at the dollar bill, I see Washington’s face on it and think about Jesus’ response.
Typically, we use this passage to talk about the separation of church and state. I’m all for it and seek to keep them as separated as possible. However, that’s just a surface look. The deeper look is to realize that everything is God’s. So what Jesus is saying is focus on God. The state does what the state does. Our task is to focus on what’s really important – the kingdom of God.
So my little dollar bill is still sitting there looking back at me. If Washington wants its dollar back, it can ask for it – and I’ll give it to them. But in the meantime, I’m going to focus on what God is calling me to do. As of this moment I’m picking up the dollar bill and taking it into the Finance office to drop it off for the church. It’s God’s anyway.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!