Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” He was telling us that it was a right thing to do our duties by our governments.
With the Papal States having been an independent country for a thousand years, Catholics got into thinking that church and state should be united.
Between 1751 and 1772 French scholars published a seventeen volume encyclopedia of modern knowledge; and because it advocated a separation of Church and State, the Church at first put it on the Index od forbidden books, but she later came around to supporting that encyclopedia.
In saying we should render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, Jesus was not only speaking of our duty to pay taxes. No, he was also telling us to give love and support to our countries and communities.
The columnist David Brooks recently seemed to be criticizing the president by saying, he had “a cleareyed outlook that the world is not a “global community” but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.”
As Christians we strive for a family feeling towards all peoples.
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