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Upside-Down Kingdom

Pastor Matt Melton

How would you describe the politics of Jesus Christ? Was he a liberal, moderate, or conservative? Does he most resemble a Democrat or a Republican? These are tough questions to answer. It is rather difficult to tell from the New Testament, as well. In all cultures, Jesus seems hard to pin down. In his day, the Pharisees and Herodians found Jesus to be quite illusive. However, Jesus sums up his political views this way: "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's" (Matthew 22:21). Okay, so what does that mean? Well, Jesus appears to be revolutionary in any culture. You see, he brings a new, upside-down, inside-out kingdom. He transcends are political categories. Read the New Testament for yourself and check it out. See if you can put Jesus into a nice, safe box. Good luck! You will find him to be the revolutionary of all revolutions.

Matthew 22:15-22 (esv)

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

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