Dear Friend,

There’s a great little story about Jesus that goes something like this:

PHARISEES: *walk up to Jesus wanting to trick him into saying something he shouldn’t* Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?
JESUS: Well… show me the coin you’re gonna pay with.
PHARISEES: *hold out a coin with a picture of Caesar on it*
JESUS: Whose picture is that?
PHARISEES: Caesar’s. Duh, Jesus.
JESUS: *eyes twinkling* Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.

This story is often read as Jesus endorsing the authority of government. However, its meaning hinges on whether or not Jesus thought anything at all belonged to Caesar and not to God.

As a 1st century Jew who grew up steeped in scriptures of the Old Testament (think Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”), my guess is not!

What this means for us today is that we’re invited to bring our faith to bear on all areas of our lives, even (and especially) the political.

That is why we’re glad that, this Sunday after worship, parish nurse Kathleen Beyerman will lead a Q&A session about Question 1, which will appear on our ballots in November.

It promises to be an informative, meaningful discussion – I hope you all can make it!

Grace + Peace

Tom Hathaway, Pastor