… “Pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar-and God what belongs to God.” … Mark 12:17
… “Surely the reason why you are wrong is that you understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God.” Mark 12:24
Two forces tend to assault our walk with the Lord as much as any sin. Those who wish to dominate faith by conspiring with a political establishment and those who hold to a an earthly standard of the heavenly existence. The trap the Pharisees and Herodians set for Jesus was especially odious. But, it shows the weakness of religious legalism. It can and will attach its self to whatever earthly authority to gain an advantage. Just as Jesus did not bow down to Satan for the glory of any kingdom in this world, so we are not to live by a faith of earthly legalism. We are to live spiritually and seek entrance in the kingdom of God. We must stand on the true objective of the Spirit and not fall into the traps to the left and right of us. The Sadducees were no better. They believed that God’s kingdom was built on human tradition and contracts. No, says Jesus. The word of God is life. No genealogy can give such a gift. Only faith in the Son whom the scriptures and the Spirit speaks of gives life abundant and eternal.
Avoid the earthly interpretations of human arrangements in the walk with Christ. Political, religious, and social authority do not enhance our souls. Instead, they enslave them to ideologies and stereotypes. Such souls are no better, and perhaps worse, than crack-heads and junkies.
Your Brother in Christ,
Order of Saint-Simo of Cyrene