And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him. Mark 12:17 (KJV)
This morning I woke up with the phrase “Render unto Caesar” running through my mind. Over the last several months people have been battling this exact same question. Whether it be about the pandemic or the elections. Do we listen to the media, politicians, or the social media certified Doctors? Do we vote for the Red, Blue or Green party?
With my clients I listen, I observe, and I take notes; then I ask them the questions that lead them to discover answers for themselves. It is a relational tactic I learned by reading and studying my Bible. It is not unusual for me to apply biblical principles to my everyday business and leadership coaching and consulting.
This verse is also quoted in one of my favorite movies Sergeant York, as he was a conscientious objector to World War I and struggling with how to serve his country and still be true to his commitment to God.
Today, I feel many of my Christian brothers and sisters are feeling the same struggle of how to serve our country and still be true to our commitment to God. Whether you have already cast your ballot, or you are standing in line today to vote it is my hope that you remember this verse. That it will be the anthem that plays in your heart as the election results come in.
You cast your ballot for a governmental decision, based on your kingdom minded convictions. You also respond to the results with the same kingdom minded focus. If you have dedicated your heart to Christ, then there should be no room for hateful or even prideful rhetoric. Jesus did not woo people to him with hateful, judgmental rhetoric. He did so by sitting with them, listening to them observing them and asking questions that lead them to discover answers for themselves.
Be filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit today.
Today and every day you will encounter A Leading Moment, how will you lead?