Day 1

13 They sent some of the Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you’re genuine and you don’t worry about what people think. You don’t show favoritism but teach God’s way as it really is. Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay taxes or not?”
15 Since Jesus recognized their deceit, he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a coin. Show it to me.” 16 And they brought one. He said to them,“Whose image and inscription is this?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
17 Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” His reply left them overcome with wonder.  Mark 12:13-17, CEB
Politicians will not save us from ourselves.  They will not make our world more God-like.  It is the responsibility of faithful communities to help shine God’s light in the world.  If you want change, then commit yourself to faith’s way of seeing and practice it in your community.  If you want change but aren’t willing to commit yourself faith’s way of seeing, that’s fine, you just need to be willing to accept the fact that nothing much will change.

If you expect change to happen only through politicians then we’re just continuing to live out the scapegoating mechanism.  Why?  Because this isn’t how spiritual change happens in the world.  Therefore, the politicians will only disappoint us and then we can blame them for all of our problems.  When we blame them for all of our problems what are we also doing?  We’re keeping the focus away from ourselves.

 

It’s inevitable that we blame politicians for all of our problems because we don’t acknowledge that they cannot affect spiritual change in the world.  Then, we can rally around the fact that they are so horrible and convince ourselves that the next person will be the one to save us.  Classic scapegoating.

 

We must commit ourselves to creating the kinds of communities that we want.  It’s only through these faithful communities defined by grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, charity, peace, kindness, gentleness, and more that we will see and feel the spiritual change we want for our world.

 

Don’t deflect blame solely to the politicians.  It’s a waste of breath.  Ask yourself quite honestly if you’re participating in the creation of a new and different kind of community.

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