Render Unto Caesar
I find the current hullabaloo around a certain Kentucky county clerk simultaneously humorous and inexplicable.
Penned 2 years ago.
It was 76°F in San Diego, CA and the sky was clear.
Can't Sleep Love by Pentatonix was spinning on the ol' iTunes.
The amount of people who don't actually understand anything about their faith is simply staggering. I have become used to people quoting scriptural verses out of context, or divorced from their historical and theological context, but this is really another level of concern.
Jesus, that guy evangelicals pro-port to love, follow and model themselves after is pretty clear on this point. Additionally we have hundreds of examples from first, second & third century christians resigning from their post/job if it conflicted with their faith.
Not to mention that Paul, the Golden Boy of Evangelical Christianity literally stated:
"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.
For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.
Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor."
I quoted the whole blasted thing, so there isn't any "context!" crap being thrown around.
What this county clerk is doing is not laudable, it is unlawful. Our Lord himself submitted to the earthly authorities when he paid taxes before His ministry began, was subject to the census, and cooperated with the earthly authorities at His betrayal, judgement and subsequent life-giving death.
A government official must follow the law or resign. Doing anything else is not a "christian response". You don't get to pick and choose what laws you follow, and those you do not. Additionally you don't get to decide that federal law doesn't apply to you.
Don't want to issue marriage licenses pursuant to federal law? Excellent. Quit. Then protest, as is your right, as a private american citizen and honor your faith as is your duty as a christian.
Don't hide behind your religious beliefs to justify your disobedience. Additionally pay attention in Sunday School. Sheesh.
I hope you enjoyed reading Render Unto Caesar
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