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“What Civil Unrest?”

Several years ago, our Annual Conference was in West Virginia. On one of the elevator rides was a young guy and gal. I don’t know if they were friends or married or what.

But on that elevator ride, they were telling anyone who would listen, bragging that they had been arrested. President George W Bush was in town that day and they went to where he was speaking and did something to be arrested.

That is so not Jesus.

Please read the following scriptures. 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 lived in a time where many injustices were being perpetrated by the Romans on the people. But Jesus wasn’t out there protesting or rock throwing. He simply said to Give Caesar what is Caesar’s and God what is God’s.

You might argue, well he committed civil unrest at the temple, overthrowing the money changers tables and driving them out of the temple.

But that was not civil unrest. That was a statement on the Jewish religious establishment.

I have been wrong before and will be wrong again, but show me any place in the Bible where Jesus took part in civil disobedience to the Romans. He could have, but He didn’t.

If you go against the government that the Lord God has allowed to be in place, you are not honoring the Lord God. We would be dishonoring and disobeying the Lord God.

If the government asked us to do something against our faith, that is a different story, one that I will not address here at this time.

Have a tremendous day in the Lord,

Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.

Be Blessed,

Be a Blessing;

Amen

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