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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 22, 2017

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SUNDAY, October 22      20 Pentecost

Matthew 22:20-21 Then [Jesus] said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Today, you may not be contemplating refusal to pay your taxes on religious grounds, but you might be wondering about how to respond as a Christian to the rhetoric and actions of secular leaders of all political persuasions. Sometimes we are asked to support actions that violate our baptismal covenant in the name of security or personal freedom.

Ethicist Stanley Hauerwas names these as the great idols of middle-class America. Security cannot be the most desired good of a people who proclaim a crucified God, who came vulnerably into an unsafe world to live as we live and to die as we die. Unfettered personal freedom cannot be the most desired good of a people who follow the one who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). How then shall the Christian relate to a government that claims to prioritize and provide these things?

MOVING FORWARD: Write an elected representative about an issue that is contrary to your baptismal promises.

PRAY for the Diocese of Temotu (Melanesia)

Ps 99 and Exodus 33:12-23 –OR– Ps 96:1-9, (10-13) and Isaiah 45:1-7 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 | Matthew 22:15-22

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