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“Be Good Citizens, Remembering You Are God’s First”
 
Please read the following verses.
 
Matthew 22:15-22
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
16 They 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.
17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
 
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and 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.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
 
Jesus understood today’s thought.
He didn’t march and protest against the government.
He followed the words in Romans 13.
 
Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
 
We are supposed to do what the government says unless the government tries to make us abandon the Lord God.
After all, the Lord God is our creator, so we ultimately answer to Him.
 
We see this truth at work in the lives of Daniel Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego. When they were serving in the Babylonian government. They obeyed the King as much as they could.
When they were asked to bow down and serve other gods, it was a no go.
 
We are God’s first, but respect and follow the government we find ourselves under to the best of our ability.
 
Be Blest, Be a Blessing

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