Matthew 22:15-22: What Belongs to God?
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Stephen Kaufman, M.D., Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

Matthew 22:15-22: What Belongs to God?
October 16, 2011

This passage includes Jesus saying, ďRender therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesarís, and to God the things that are Godís.Ē What belongs to God?
 
Psalm 24:1 declares, ďThe earth is the Lordís and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell thereinĒ. While everything might belong to God as Creator, it does not appear that God routinely intervenes when people behave as if the world belongs to them. Indeed, in his book War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges observes that those responsible for crimes against humanity are rarely punished. And we all know that those responsible for crimes against Godís creatures are almost never held accountable.
 
As Christians we are called to be faithful, regardless of anticipated consequences. Whether or not we expect rewards or punishments for our actions, I think that living faithfully means focusing our efforts on serving God. To do so, we must show respect for Godís earth, Godís animals, and all of Godís Creation.
 
Next week Iíll reflect on whether we are justified by works, and the following week Iíll reflect on whether we are justified by faith.


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