RENDER WHAT IS DUE

render what is due

The Great Commission authorizes us the preach the Gospel in all the world and that includes the political world. I hear preachers say we need to focus on the Gospel and not get that involved in political issues. If anything needs the influence of God’s righteousness and the wisdom of God it is government. When Jesus said in Matthew 22:21, “…Render therefore to Caesar (the government of Jesus’ day) the things which are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s,” He was not suggesting an “either or” proposition but rather a “dual” responsibility both a civic duty (Romans 13:7) and a spiritual duty (Matthew 6:33). We owe government good citizenship. We have Christian obligations to our government Romans 13:5-7.

It is Scripture, not our political affiliation, that gives us the right and command to preach the Gospel Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20. If you go to Saudi Arabia who has a different form of government than a Constitutional Republic and try to openly preach the Gospel you would quickly receive the revelation that it is not a politically protected right like it is in America. You would also see the need for Christian involvement in influencing, molding and shaping our government so we don’t get punished by bad laws, rulers, or wicked government for being obedient to what God tells us to do. Yes, we will preach the Gospel whether our government grants us freedom or not but should we relinquish that freedom that others paid a severe price for and handed down to us by being silent about political issues? If we want to continue to enjoy political protection for our Biblically given rights we must stay engaged and involved. We are to be salt and light in this world and that includes in the political arena. The absence of our voice in this area of life and not extending the influence of the Kingdom of God in the political realm has contributed to the mess we are in here in the U.S.A.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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