We are witnessing a challenge today. A very delicate challenge--the relationship between religion - politics.
"Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"
But, as we heard Jesus' answer it was not clear. He neither denied nor confirmed this. "Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are God's."
So Jesus pointed out the right way that should be obvious. But the answer is still something more. Jesus' answer above all, is to underline the validity of the first commandment..."I am the Lord your God, you shall have no others besides me."
Just as on the coin is stamped the image of Caesar, likewise, on the heart of the people who belong to God is stamped His image. Therefore, we have some value because we belong to the one who created us. We were called to life in this world that God would be recognized, and to this world He is a giving God.
Therefore the answer is yes..We have dual citizenship. We are citizens of heaven and earth. And to each we have commitments.
As it once was said, in an anonymous homily, Caesar had coins of gold, while man is a coin of God.
As long as we live in this world, our lives will always be interspersed between earthly affairs and the affairs of the divine. But still my choice depends on whether I keep a balance between them.
What is most important for me...what belongs to Caesar or what belongs to God?
Anyone who sees us are they able to recognize God?