The Image of Caesar? No Way!

 

Child

The Image of Caesar? No way!

By Dorothy Karman

April 17th is approaching and we are dutifully filling out our tax forms and sending our checks to the IRS. It’s hard to write those checks and let go of the money – especially when we think the government is not using the money wisely. However, as Christians, we read Matthew 22:15 – 22 and realize we have a duty to pay our taxes to the government.

When asked the question about paying taxes, Jesus asked to be shown the coin used to pay the poll-tax. He held it up for the crowd to look at and asked the Pharisees, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. ”We read this, and we obediently send the government our money.

Most of us look at this story as instruction to pay our taxes, and we forget to ponder the last line of the story. Jesus goes on to say, “And [render] to God the things that are God’s.”

As I lobby in the state capitol, I often hear legislators say, “Our children are our most valuable resource,” or, “We need to make sure all our children are covered by health insurance,” or “We don’t want any of our children falling through the cracks.” Many legislators view children as belonging to the state. They view the state as both being responsible for and reaping the benefit from the children.

This is not a biblical viewpoint. All children are God’s and He gives them to families – not the state. “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) “blessed is the man [not the state] whose quiver is full of them” (Psalm  127:5). Families are responsible for nurturing and training the children. “Fathers . . .bring them [children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). And we are to “teach [God’s word] diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

Our children are God’s. When I look down into their little faces, I do not see the “image and inscription” of the government (Caesar). I see the likeness of God. These are not the state’s children; these are God’s children.

Our job as parents is to prepare our children for their futures. Of course, we have to prepare them to be good and productive citizens in our state and nation. But they are not just citizens of this world. They have eternal souls and we are to prepare them for an eternal citizenship in heaven. This isn’t an idle job. This is a huge responsibility.

In fact, it’s worth your life to do the job of discipling your children. As Moses was coming to the end of his ministry – the books of the Pentateuch were written, he had spoken God’s word to the people of Israel, and God had told him that the time for him to die was near – he told the people, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning your today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law. For it is not an idle word for you indeed it is your life” (Deuteronomy 32:46 & 47) (emphasis added).

So in the clash of worldviews that takes place in the capitol, I am not willing to yield to the idea that the children God has given families belong to the state – or that the state is responsible to raise and train these children by providing a good education and health care for them. God has given His image-bearers to parents to raise and train and be responsible for. And it is worth parents’ very lives to make sure they 
                       . . . render to God the things that are God’s.

Dorothy and her husband, Dick, are veteran homeschoolers and the founding members of the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork). Both their children have graduated from homeschool high school and Dick and Dorothy are delighted grandparents of four grandsons. Even though they are no longer homeschooling, Dick still serves as Chairman of the OCEANetwork Board. Dorothy and Dick have spent many hours in Salem, the Oregon capitol, lobbying on behalf of home education freedoms for their children and their children's children.

Posted by Dorothy Karman on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM | Categories: Discipling -

66 Comments

Sunshine

Sunshine wrote on 05/18/12 1:38 AM

That is a powerful reminder. Thank you for this encouragement and challenge to render to God the things that are God's.
Emily

Emily wrote on 05/19/12 11:48 AM

I'm so thankful we still have the freedom to homeschool our children. The things I hear being taught in public schools makes me cringe. I love to see my children grow in their knowledge of God's word, something they would not be learning in a State school.
Kendal Lynch

Kendal Lynch wrote on 05/21/12 10:56 PM

Good reminder to keep certain aspects of life - such as raising and teaching children - within the sphere of God-given parental responsibility, instead of abdicating that responsibility to the state. Awesome blog!
mamaweeks

mamaweeks wrote on 05/29/12 6:10 PM

Love this!
essay writers

essay writers wrote on 07/16/16 6:16 AM

You have put in deep thought to that saying and I have to say, I seem impressed. I am on my way to get an essay writer for my company as it needed a good writer from a long long time.
cookeo usb

cookeo usb wrote on 07/19/16 9:47 AM

My group is definitely ideal within the application. Retain the strategies emerging; there’s normally living room designed for change for the better.
free instagram likes

free instagram likes wrote on 07/21/16 7:28 AM

Actually your experimental writing capacities has motivated me to begin my own particular Blogengine blog now. Truly the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your compose up is a fine illustration of it.
tax on capital gains

tax on capital gains wrote on 07/23/16 9:15 AM

When you sell an investment at a profit, you will owe capital gains taxes on the money you make. Fortunately, investors can take steps to minimize the capital gains taxes they pay and keep more of their money in their own pockets. Choosing the right kinds of investments, and choosing the right vehicles for those investments, are two ways to cut down on capital gains taxes without impacting the return on your investment.
Jessica W. Brady

Jessica W. Brady wrote on 10/10/16 3:59 AM

How can you educate if you don't feel in the info about you? Please do that here too http://funky-fruits-slot.com/. There is also various available positions to occupy for the people of different professions. Highly paid, highly recommended!
GM Diet Plan 2016

GM Diet Plan 2016 wrote on 10/27/16 1:27 AM

GM Diet to help its employees lose weight and feel healthier. GM is said to have collaborated on the diet with both the Food and Drug Administration
Facetime For Windows

Facetime For Windows wrote on 11/22/16 3:18 AM

FaceTime auch unter Windows nutzbar FaceTime auch für Windows? FaceTime gehört zu Apple und ist demzufolge auch auf diesen Geräten.
whatsapp

whatsapp wrote on 12/07/16 3:28 AM

Download whatsapp app to chat with your friends and family members. It is very easy to download, after download install it and start chatting with friends.
resume writer

resume writer wrote on 12/08/16 2:00 PM

I have listen or read somewhere that a pictures have so many words. You like to use this approach in this article. You like to connected the relation picture with tax which is very impressive for me. I would like to say great thanks for it.
Casino online

Casino online wrote on 12/21/16 4:02 AM

Song bai truc tuyen hap dan nhat hien nay la nha cai song bai casino online Viet QQ288. Truy cap ngay hom nay de choi tot nhat.
Online Slot

Online Slot wrote on 12/22/16 5:55 AM

Tham gia truc tiep hang ngan game slot dinh cao co duy nhat tai nha cai SlotvietQQ288, cung nhan khuyen mai co mot khong hai tai QQ288.
www.uber.com

www.uber.com wrote on 01/02/17 11:53 PM

Uber's bug bounty program and vulnerability disclosure program enlists the help of the hacker community to make Uber more secure.
Cars Airport United Kingdom

Cars Airport United Kingdom wrote on 01/13/17 4:50 AM

I have listen or perused some place that a photos have such a large number of words. You get a kick out of the chance to utilize this approach in this article. Picking the correct sorts of ventures, and picking the correct vehicles for those speculations, are two approaches to eliminate capital increases charges without affecting the arrival on your speculation.
Slot Machine Games, Free Slot Betting Website

Slot Machine Games, Free Slot Betting Website wrote on 01/14/17 6:11 AM

n online company web site that provide connection for various varieties of slot games and slot online gambling.
Dohans

Dohans wrote on 01/18/17 12:51 AM

Dorothy Karman is the writer of this article which title has The Image of Caesar and this image is looking very impressive. The whole article have some interesting characteristics of this child. On the other hand, I must say http://buycheapresearchpaper.com/ have similar approach like this website regarding different topics.
Cacuoc24hqq288

Cacuoc24hqq288 wrote on 01/18/17 5:23 AM

Casinovietqq188.com song bai truc tuyen casino online uy tin hang dau Viet Nam hien nay chinh la dia diem choi ca cuoc bai bac an tien truc tuyen cua dong dao cac thanh vien yeu thich cac bo mon ca do qua mang hien nay.
Canada Marriage shadi.com

Canada Marriage shadi.com wrote on 01/19/17 1:27 PM

The entire article make them intrigue qualities of this kid. You get a kick out of the opportunity to use this approach in this article. Picking the right sorts of endeavors, and picking the right vehicles for those theories, are two ways to deal with take out capital builds charges without influencing the landing on your theory.
Sales and management Studies assignments Online UK

Sales and management Studies assignments Online UK wrote on 01/27/17 11:13 AM

HND Assignment help is the leading assignment help company offering high quality assignment help services in UK, US and Australia. Connect with us for assignment help services at hndassignmenthelp@gmail.com or login to http://www.hndassignmenthelp.co.uk
UC Browser Mini 2.3

UC Browser Mini 2.3 wrote on 01/27/17 11:31 PM

UC Browser is one of the most popular and trendy browsing apps for every Android users. UC browser gives you the fastest speed to browse, and it is user-friendly.
Cac tro choi danh bai hap dan nhat viet nam

Cac tro choi danh bai hap dan nhat viet nam wrote on 01/28/17 12:31 AM

song bai online uy tin QQ188 la lua chon hang dau hien nay vi day la nha cai do chinh phu philippins cap phep hoat dong toan cau nen nguoi choi rat tin tuong va dat niem tin chung thanh khi choi tai day. Song bai 188 khong chi la nha cai nho le ma day la nha cai online Quoc te day, QQ188 hoat dong rong khap nhu : Viet Nam Han Quoc Trung Quoc Indonesia Malaysia Thai Lan…va nguoi choi tai nhung quoc gai ma song bai 188 la lua chon duy nhat cua da so moi nguoi khi choi tai day.
Anh huong tu vi tri ngoi toi kha nang chien thang

Anh huong tu vi tri ngoi toi kha nang chien thang wrote on 01/28/17 1:52 AM

Vi tri ngoi co suc anh huong to lon den kha nang thang lon cua nguoi choi. Tuy nhien hau het nguoi choi bai Viet nam deu khong de y den dieu nay ma chi cham chu di ren luyen ky thuat va ky nang danh bai. Thuc ra co bac ma yeu to do den chiem mot phan cung rat lon vi vay ma minh nghiem cat cau cat day den cung duoc dat len hang dau va phuong phap cho cac ky thuat nay chinh la doi vi tri ngoi. Moi cac ban theo doi bai viet duoi day de biet duoc tam quan trong va anh huong tu vi tri ngoi toi kha nang chien thang cua ban khi choi bai
The Biggest Online Sports Betting Site In Malaysia

The Biggest Online Sports Betting Site In Malaysia wrote on 01/30/17 3:40 AM

he sports events like Soccer, Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, Cricket, etc…. and e-sports games like Dota 2, Counter Strike, LoL and many more can be watched for free even you are not a member of the website.
Online sports betting site in Malaysia

Online sports betting site in Malaysia wrote on 01/30/17 4:06 AM

doing sports betting is so much simple than before. Because on the early year for you to do sports betting you need to travel far away from home just to place some bet
Malaysia's biggest sports betting site

Malaysia's biggest sports betting site wrote on 01/30/17 7:11 PM

And when you become part of our website you will experience what we are proud to say the best sports betting experience ever
Sportsqq288 biggest online sports betting site

Sportsqq288 biggest online sports betting site wrote on 01/30/17 7:19 PM

This is a standout site in terms of promos
Kinh nghiem choi xeng an tien voi nhung nha cai

Kinh nghiem choi xeng an tien voi nhung nha cai wrote on 02/01/17 2:25 AM

Nam vung 1 so chien thuat cho rieng minh: Nhung nguoi choi sau 1 thoi gian choi game cung nhu tim hieu ve cac chien thuat day ray tren mang se deu co kha nang ap dung 1 trong so nhung chien thuat do vao cuoc choi. Tuy nhien, nhung chien thuat do la cua nguoi khac, ho rut ra trong qua trinh choi lau nam cua minh va phu hop voi chinh ho, vay nen de chien thang trong khi choi ban cung can phai tim ra 1 chien thuat cho rieng minh. Khong co 1 chien thuat nao la vo dich ma chi co chien thuat co phu hop voi ban than ban hay khong ma thoi, ban co the rut ra nhung tinh tuy trong cac chien thuat do ket hop voi nhung kinh nghiem trong cac lan sai lam trong qua khu cua ban de tong ket ra 1 hoac 1 so chien thuat choi thich hop cho minh su dung.
MBBS Educational Consultancy in Chennai

MBBS Educational Consultancy in Chennai wrote on 02/07/17 10:07 AM

i have read many articles in this blog, it shares many fantastic informations. Thank you for such a post.
free sexy live cams

free sexy live cams wrote on 02/07/17 12:09 PM

Thank you for the interesting review. as popular as the free sexy live cams website, where you can spending your time with girls over the world. Webchats here is absolutely free and available for everyone. Just upload your photos and make your choice!
best adjustable beds

best adjustable beds wrote on 03/10/17 7:39 AM

wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.
highest rated sleepjunkie ratings available

highest rated sleepjunkie ratings available wrote on 03/13/17 3:21 AM

Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!
Animated Video Service

Animated Video Service wrote on 03/31/17 12:46 AM

It gives a lobbyist measurement to the view of our hallowed assorted qualities. That it shows we should not just loll in the joy of our interminable assortment, yet get ready to confirm it even, or particularly, when a Caesar tries to diminish us to consistency.
best way to find bedroom collections

best way to find bedroom collections wrote on 04/01/17 5:25 AM

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to start my own BlogEngine blog now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it.
http://sleepjunkie.org

http://sleepjunkie.org wrote on 04/14/17 1:05 AM

Mmm.. good to be here in your article or post, whatever, I think I should also work hard for my own website like I see some good and updated working in your site.
report writing services uk

report writing services uk wrote on 04/25/17 3:10 AM

I enjoy it for creating the details, keep up the truly amazing perform continuing
imessage waiting for activation

imessage waiting for activation wrote on 05/02/17 5:12 AM

If you are an Apple user, then you no every Apple devices required Apple ID. Apple TEMPhas also launched its cloud storage service called iCloud just like Google Drive.
amazon jaybird bluebuds x

amazon jaybird bluebuds x wrote on 05/04/17 2:02 AM

Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.
amazon jaybird bluebuds x

amazon jaybird bluebuds x wrote on 05/04/17 2:02 AM

Your post was very nicely written. I’ll be back in the future for sure!
Canelo vs Chavez

Canelo vs Chavez wrote on 05/04/17 4:00 AM

Really nice and interesting post. I was looking for this kind of information and enjoyed reading this one. Keep posting. Thanks for sharing.
Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby wrote on 05/04/17 6:38 AM

Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. I'm happy I found this blog. Thank you for sharing with us,I too always learn something new from your post.
mql programming

mql programming wrote on 05/07/17 5:24 AM

I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working, great job
Canelo vs Golovkin

Canelo vs Golovkin wrote on 05/11/17 7:36 PM

NICE ARTICLE
mrr wheels quality

mrr wheels quality wrote on 05/16/17 5:34 AM

My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more!
escorts cyprus

escorts cyprus wrote on 05/17/17 6:22 AM

Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.
arbitrage trading program

arbitrage trading program wrote on 05/17/17 10:56 AM

This was not just great in fact this was really perfect your talent in writing was great.
axis bank credit card status

axis bank credit card status wrote on 05/18/17 10:53 AM

Axis Bank is one of the huskiest private banking sectors which deals with the top most financial service across India
<a href="http://axis.creditcardstatus.in/">axis bank credit card status</a>
arb software

arb software wrote on 05/18/17 1:34 PM

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work. I have been meaning to write something like this on my website and you have given me an idea.
broker arbitrage

broker arbitrage wrote on 05/18/17 1:35 PM

With so many books and articles coming up to give gateway to make-money-online field and confusing reader even more on the actual way of earning money,
forex arbitrage strategy

forex arbitrage strategy wrote on 05/18/17 1:36 PM

I found Hubwit as a transparent s ite, a social hub which is a conglomerate of Buyers and Sellers who are ready to offer online digital consultancy at decent cost.
payday loans

payday loans wrote on 05/24/17 10:45 AM

The no faxing payday propel advances, have a tendency to be short named advances that should be paid ideal back when you have your exceptionally next payday.
payday loans chicago

payday loans chicago wrote on 05/26/17 12:54 PM

A payday advance ought to just be utilized as a part of crises and to meet here and now needs that you totally can't sit tight to get cash for. In this situation and this condition just should you take out a payday credit and pay it back with your exceptionally next check. Never make a propensity out of utilizing them.
192.168.l.l

192.168.l.l wrote on 06/08/17 4:03 AM

I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article
AndreasLatvi

AndreasLatvi wrote on 06/11/17 6:09 PM

I am afraid I can't pay the teacher to take homeschooling.
PennyWilkerson

PennyWilkerson wrote on 06/17/17 9:52 PM

I think homeschooling is expensive. In fact, it is comparable with the result.
https://www.anasilverco.com/
Otis Van

Otis Van wrote on 06/22/17 3:34 AM

Hi Caesar. Do you enjoy your homeschooling?
https://www.trackandtravel.co.uk/
liburan di lombok

liburan di lombok wrote on 06/23/17 9:02 PM

sewa mobil di lombok dengan harga murah disini tempatnya
internet

internet wrote on 07/17/17 6:57 AM

I feel a lot more people need to read this, very good info! . . . . . .
<a href='https://www.google.com'>internet</a>
internet

internet wrote on 07/19/17 1:38 AM

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.
<a href='https://www.google.com'>internet</a>
prince2 foundation

prince2 foundation wrote on 07/19/17 2:23 AM

Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.
Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.
http://garrulousfreewa57.beep.com

http://garrulousfreewa57.beep.com wrote on 07/26/17 12:48 AM

My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more!
Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.
gun mayhem

gun mayhem wrote on 07/28/17 2:44 AM

I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working, great job!
Yes, great US Military force. Also, in his post you have given a chance to listen about US Military. I really appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing it.

Write your comment





Leave this field empty