Strike a Balance

There is a truth that emanates from our creator, which cannot be reconfigured to fit into our pretty little Norman Rockwell image of reality. Nor can this truth be repackaged and exploited in divisive carnal ideologies of; left vs. right, rich vs. poor, black vs. white, etc.  This philosophy is being rejected whole heartily by a world that is deeply seeking truth.

It is time to strike a match once again, to kindle the warmth of God’s love that burns for unity and allows us to shine together, as we continue the conversation of “Building the Bridge Together”

In order to accomplish this seemingly “Impossible Mission” we must shake off the shackles of indifference and rhetoric.  America must

Strike a Balance. The Balance must be in the same way that our Lord was able to strike a balance between the greater Roman secular society and the Kingdom of God when he was tested:

Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.  “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us—is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?  Should we pay them, or shouldn’t we?”

Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, “Why are you trying to trap me? Show me a Roman coin, and I’ll tell you.”  When they handed it to him, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” His reply completely amazed them.” Mark 12:13-17 New Living Translation (NLT)  

The Roman Empire under Tiberius Caesar was a land of Idolatry Licentiousness and horrible debauchery which was embodied in the image of the publican. These publicans were considered extortionist and the worst of sinners by the Jewish Zealots, to the contrary, Jesus who was referred to as being friend to sinners for eating with Levi the Publican and his cohorts.

The Tax was considered by the Jews as sinful. The payment of the various taxes was looked upon as an act of sin and disgrace to God.  Jesus was wise enough to understand a deeper truth that his kingdom was not of this world. Though the Government was corrupt, Jesus made his personal decision of how he would interrelate with it. If he was allowed to be respected to the point of astonishment by the Pharisees for his action, why aren’t we as followers of Christ allowed the freedom to have our differences in posture without being demonized slandered and radicalized?

Christ was the master of Striking a Balance whether we are speaking of the woman caught in the act of Adultery, The blind man, the Demoniac of Gerasene, or Mary Magniline or the Thief at the Cross  In the parable of the wheat and the tares, Jesus instructs us to let them grow together. Know, that many times in the premature harvest of judgmental self righteousness we are killing wheat that we misjudge as tares. Everyone’s voice is valuable and adds to the symphony of God’s creation and more importantly anyone can change, even the man or woman in the mirror.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1.

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2 Responses to “Strike a Balance”
  1. T says:

    Exactly what’s been on my mind! ! hope you don’t mind that I shared it on twitter and facebook.

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