Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s……
We’ve all heard liberals quote this verse when they begin to try to justify government sanctioned theft of your hard earned money. They are quick to use the Son of God if they feel He will advance their socialist agenda. They attempt to wrap themselves in moral superiority by the twisting of Scripture to satisfy their worldview. What they don’t do, and never will do, is quantify exactly what the things of Caesar are.
In the United States of America, the things of “Caesar” are enumerated in the Constitution. It tells us exactly what the powers and responsibilities of “Caesar” are. “Caesar” is established in three branches of government: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judiciary.
The Legislative body, the Congress, is granted specific duties:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof
The Executive branch, the President, is also granted specific duties:
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Likewise, the Judiciary is granted specific duties:
The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;–to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;–to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;–to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;–to Controversies between two or more States;– between a State and Citizens of another State,–between Citizens of different States,–between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.
The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.
These are the things that are “Caesar’s”.
When Caesar begins doing things he isn’t constitutionally authorized to do, we have a problem. When Caesar starts social programs for the poor and “for the children” (the same Caesar that condones abortion on demand) and begins to steal your hard earned money, we have a problem. Caesar promotes angst among the populace. When Caesar begins doing things he isn’t constitutionally authorized to do we end up with money we don’t have being “invested” in bankrupt solar panel companies that have been bankrupted by morally bankrupt people. When Caesar begins doing things he isn’t constitutionally authorized to do, we lose our freedom. Period. Caesar begins to rule our lives with fists of iron. He begins to involve himself in every little aspect of our lives with onerous regulations and demands. He begins to impose on us his warped sense of morality, in which the people are oppressed for the good of the collective, and the state becomes a god.
Caesar has no business in business. He has no business in health care. He has no business in your refrigerator. He has no business in the rearing of your children. He has no business in the education of your children. He has no business under the hood of your automobile. He has no business in your retirement. He has no business in your mortgage. He has no business interfering with energy production. He has no business interfering with contract agreements. He has no business mandating the income you can earn. He has no business mandating what you can do with your money. He has no business telling you how much water your toilet can use. He has no business monitoring your thermostat. He has no business telling you how high a hand rail should be. He has no business monitoring your salt intake. He has no business bailing out bankrupt companies. He has no business picking winners and losers. He has no business promoting class warfare. He has no business doing anything other than that which he is constitutionally granted the responsibility to do, period.
…and render unto God the things which are God’s.
Faith. Hope. Charity. Caesar is good at promoting himself as the source of hope, the object of faith, and the means of charity, but he isn’t. These are the things of God, and Caesar is out of his element here. When a government promotes itself as an alternative to God, and begins to usurp the place of God, it is in trouble.
You shall have no other gods before Me; and yet Caesar demands it be so.
You shall not steal; and yet Caesar steals from some to give to others with no constitutional authority to do so.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house……….or anything that belongs to your neighbor; yet Caesar promotes it and enforces it by threat of force.
I am (Yahweh), that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.–Isaiah 42:8
Caesar has placed himself in a dangerous predicament.
Our problem is not the we haven’t rendered unto Caesar the things of Caesar, it’s that Caesar has, by force, rendered unto himself that which doesn’t belong to him. It’s high time freedom loving Americans once again render unto Caesar only that to which Caesar is entitled, and nothing more.
Are you ready? It’s go time.
Coming to you from a small town in rural Georgia, JohnnyMac likes to call himself a constitutionalist. He finds himself disillusioned by both the Democratic and Republican parties, and advocates for simple Constitutional government.