10/9/2016

Faith and politics

Scott at PBC

Render to Cesar the things that are Cesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. 恺撒的物当归给恺撒,神的物当归给神。

“Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words. When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it. ” So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.” Mark‬ ‭12:13–17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

巧言盘问

13 后来,他们打发几个法利赛人和几个希律党的人到耶稣那里,要就着他的话陷害他。 14 他们来了,就对他说:“夫子,我们知道你是诚实的,什么人你都不徇情面,因为你不看人的外貌,乃是诚诚实实传神的道。纳税给恺撒可以不可以?

纳税给恺撒

15 “我们该纳不该纳?”耶稣知道他们的假意,就对他们说:“你们为什么试探我?拿一个银钱来给我看。” 16 他们就拿了来。耶稣说:“这像和这号是谁的?”他们说:“是恺撒的。” 17 耶稣说:“恺撒的物当归给恺撒,神的物当归给神。”他们就很稀奇他。

“The cross is a symbol of Roman domination. Take issue with Rome’s right to rule, and Rome will put you on one of its crosses. The revolutionaries wanted to uproot both Rome and its bloody crosses. Instead of ridding the land of crosses, as many would have expected of the Messiah, Jesus, in obedience to God, will die on one of them. Thus he will give Caesar the blood he demands while at the same time giving God the obedience he demands. He will render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. Jesus leads a quiet revolution. He defeats evil not by killing enemies but by dying for them.”

Instead of getting rid of the bloody crosses that Rome used to repress Jewish people from revolution, Jesus died on the Rome cross. 耶稣最后不是去除罗马政府用来镇压犹太人革命的十字架,而是死在十字架上。

Isaiah 55:8–11 NKJV

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

The world needs worshippers of God. We pray, humbly! 这个世界需要神的敬拜者,我们需要谦卑地祷告。

Don’t get trapped by taking a particular stance. 不要落入选择站在某一边的陷阱。

Are we for republicans or democratic? Both! Neither! 我们是选共和党还是民主党?俩者都是!俩者都不是!

The bible teaches:

Care for the poor and care for the environment

Life begins in a womb and marriage is between a man and a woman

圣经教导:要照顾穷人,要保护环境。生命从子宫里就开始,婚姻是为一男一女而设。

We are truth tellers。我们是宣告真理者。

Jesus says my kingdom is not on this earth. Jesus is lord of heaven and earth. What Jesus is saying is not to use force, but by prayer!

Worshipfully 
Prayerfully
Humbly

Example: William Wilberforce, a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade in England.

“Render to God the things of God: Worship him. As we worship him, he transforms us into the kinds of people who take up our crosses and follow Jesus in the way of self-giving love — so that we are even willing to die for our enemies. Would you lay down your life for Hillary Clinton? Would you lay down your life for Donald Trump? Jesus would. Jesus did. Jesus took up his cross: he died for both of them — and for us. Will we likewise take up our cross — that is, the cross of selfgiving love — and follow Jesus worshipfully, prayerfully, and humbly into the world — and into the voting booth?”

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭2:1–4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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