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!