Mark tells the story of an occasion when the Pharisees and the Herodians tried to get Jesus to align with a political system. Rather than giving them the answer they wanted, Jesus challenged them to render to Caesar what belonged to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.
As Christians we should keep in mind three things when considering the political landscape and how to engage with those with whom we disagree. As we engage with others when should demonstrate humility and listen to others.
Three Rules for Political Activity as a Christian
1. Acknowledge the complexity of political issues.
We cannot pledge allegiance to a political party.
There are often many issues we all care deeply about.
We must listen to other people and their perspective.
2. Don’t worship the government.
The government is not responsible to uphold our faith.
There is no perfect political candidate.
3. Remember your King.
Jesus is King, not a political candidate.
Our greatest need is not an external need, it is internal and only solvable by our King.
Think About It
• Have you ever thought about the complexity of political issues? How can you better grow in understanding of those complexities?
• Have you ever found yourself indirectly worshiping the government or a political candidate as the solution to problems?
• Which kingdom keeps you awake at night and do you talk most about?
• How well do you listen to other Christ followers with different views? How can you better respect and love those who may see differently on political issues?