There is an old saying which goes, “Things never really change.” In today’s Gospel we discover that 2000 years ago people were discussing the same topics we discuss today, politics and religion. There are those who say one shouldn’t mix politics with religion but Jesus seems to indicate otherwise. He admits they are separate issues but also makes it clear that God must be considered and, as He has said in other situations, God’s laws are primary.
This discussion comes at a good time because in a few days we will be deciding for whom we will vote. Jesus is very clear in saying, “Repay to Caesar what it Caesar’s and repay to God what is God’s.” And so, the question arises, “what is due God?”......Sacraments, Ten Commandments etc.
When Jesus outlined the commandments He gave us an exact description of what is God’s. For example, He said, “Thou shalt not kill.” God is the giver of life and it is not the province of a government to determine who dies and who lives. Some politicians running for office are saying that the modern Caesar, our federal government, has the right to make that decision. But Jesus, in his remarks in the Gospel says “give to God what belongs to God......that’s life.” So, do we mix politics and our religion?