This Thursday is April 15, and in the U.S. that is tax day. I hate taxes, especially when I think of all the government waste and foolishness. I often think that if elections were held April 16 we might get different election results!
But then I remember this passage of Scripture:
15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”
21“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Things weren’t any better under Roman taxation, and were probably worse, and yet they were to give to Caesar what he asked. Makes my grumbling about taxes pretty lame. More importantly, I am to give God what is God’s. Have I done that in and through my life? Maybe it’s time for a little less grumbling and a little more godly attitude and action.