14 April 2008
Busy Rendering...Back Later
"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." Matt. 22:21.
But what does one get for one's denarius these days? Well, on the God side you get, among other things, bibliolatry, hucksterism, mass delusion, priestly pedophilia, cover-ups, vast corruption, and the perpetuation of royalism and elitism and right-wing ideology. And from Caesar's side? Demagogy, corruption, paranoia, hucksterism, fear-mongering, war-mongering, gulags, renditions, and torture. Among other things.
Am I bitter? Take a guess. One suspects that Jesus was being ironic (or at least fatalistic) if he did indeed make the statement above attributed to him. After all, the guy got crucified by secular Roman authorities for disrupting a Jewish religious festival where people had to pay money to be able to worship in their church. No, this statement sounds like the work of a later editor who was concerned with keeping the early church's coffers full.
[15 April is Tax Day here in the U.S.]