Where It Belongs

My wife Rachel told me this morning that we’ve been asked (by email) not to use the new Dollar coins.  They allegedly have left off the “In God We Trust.”  I say allegedly because a quick check at snopes proved otherwise.

My first reaction, though, was to remember Jesus’ famous “render unto Caesar” teaching, as in Matthew 21:

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

If in the case of coins, and no where else, we know what is made to be given to Caesar.  US coins have Caeasr pictures on them, after all!

4 thoughts on “Where It Belongs

  1. Ummm … do we have to be HAPPY about giving unto Caesar? Just wondering.

    I always feel odd when fellow Christians (well-meaning) get so outraged over such things. I’m not sure if my failure to get worked up about these things means I’m apathetic, or what. It just seems to me that some in the Church are willing to go to the mat over such small things.

    Some point out the “slippery slope.” I just think that spending political and social capital on little things (think the ruckus over “Harry Potter”) means there’s not much left over for monumental issues.

    And that’s not even counting the times, such as this one, when it’s not even true.

  2. I guess I’m apathetic like Kim. I don’t see any sign that “we” trust in God. I think it would be a good idea to trust in God, but I don’t see any political leaders pointing us in that direction. They all seem to want us to trust them.

  3. I just want to point out that we should do away with dollar bills and go solely to the coins. I propose this based on inflation and convenience (a soda machine is a $1 now etc) and also on ecological terms. (dollar coins last much longer and are cheaper/more efficient to produce.

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