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God's Tax 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 08:11 AM - Extra Christy
Paid with God's Coin

When Jesus was asked about taxes he pointed out that the coins have Caesar's image on them, so they belong to Caesar and should be given back to him if he wanted them.

A rather profound teaching about how our participation in systems have unintended consequences. One cannot separate the coin from the purposes of the creator.

The rest of the story is remembering that according to Genesis, we, humans, are created in the image of God. We are God's coin in the world.

I hope you spend April 15th well.

You're the Image of...

"Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They 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." When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.- Matthew 22:19-22 (NRSV)


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