21 They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 23 But He detected their trickery and said to them, 24 “Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were unable to catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.Luke 20:21–26 (NASB95)
We have just suffered through another major election in America. We’ve heard our share of slick stump speeches and coy answers. Certainly veracity is a rarity these days. It’s now implied that political discourse requires reduction by half or more to arrive at anything truthful. It’s amazing to read how the Master took the leaders to school here. One false word and he’d be bound and delivered to the governor. But he shut them down. He silenced his critics. Even they were amazed and dumbfounded. The truth has a way of having that effect.