Render unto Caesar

The Republican Party at a Crossroads

One of the three passages from the Bible that I quote most often is Matthew 22:21, which goes: Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.

Jesus said this after being asked by his enemies if the Jews should pay taxes:

  • If he answered Yes, they could brand him a sellout to the Roman occupation.
  • If he answered No, they could report him to the Romans as a subversive.

He sidestepped the question entirely by saying the above.

Which brings me to last night’s vote. In all of these years of posting, I don’t think I’ve ever told you what political party I adhere to.

Growing up in the Reagan years, I’ve traditionally been a Republican and then, more recently, an Independent.

Like the Republicans, I want smaller government, less wasteful spending, and tighter reins on government programs.

But their social bent makes it difficult to see myself aligning with them in the near future, or ever again for that matter: The jaw-droppingly misplaced views on women’s rights, the virulent anti-immigration bent, and (most annoying to me as a practicing Christian that has actually read the Bible) the pseudo-Christianity.

My friends think I’ve moved left. I’ve not.

With the exception of certain items, my views have been fairly consistent through the years. It’s the political landscape that’s moved right. Even Obama, with the healthcare reform – a traditionally Republican ideal spearheaded by Nixon – his aggressive hunt for Bin Laden, and his extensive use of drone strikes, is far more right than I would have expected.

Unfortunately, the right has moved ever more right as well, particularly socially. To the point that my vote is not wanted, even though it is needed. The same goes for the Hispanic and female vote, which were deciding factors in this last election.

So now the party has a choice: Continue to alienate the fiscally conservative but socially moderate voters like myself or tack back to the middle where compromise is a virtue not a vice.

Romney won more white male votes than any candidate ever – 6 out of 10 white males voted for him. And yet that was not enough.

Moreover, it will never again be enough.

So back to the Bible quote.

Papers are noting that the party is at a crossroads: continue to cling to this ridiculously intolerant RHINO Tea-Party view and become completely irrelevant OR see the world as it is.

My suggestion is to crack open the Bible and give that quote a re-read: Give unto Caesar (the government) what the government requires for you to survive and unto your own beliefs what you need to make it through your day.

The two are separate and should always remain separate. If God is god, he is god without needing a seat on Pennsylvania Avenue. If He’s not, the problem’s moot.

And here’s the main thing: Even the big guy Himself said that.

Explicitly.

Finally, when my breakup happened years ago, the only thing I knew clearly in my haze of insomnia and sadness was this: I do not want someone that does not want me.

Every time I thought of calling or writing her, that sentence stopped me. And now I’m happier for it we’re both happier for it.

Put another way, you don’t want me? Fine. I’m going to take my ball and go home.

God bless and protect the man and the office. Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi…

 

Location: going to the office for the first time in a while
Mood: conflicted
Music: Why am I the one always packing all my stuff?
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8 thoughts on “Render unto Caesar”

  1. You took the words right out of my mouth. Being a Catholic, female minority, I used to count myself as Republican until very recently when I started getting the feeling that they don't really like the likes of me being amongst them. Which is too bad because I've always thought that most minorities from religious and traditional backgrounds (immigrants or kids of immigrants) would normally pick the more conservative party, but alas, they don't feel as welcoming as they used to.

    Dating a crazy tea partier and a religious nut didn't help matters either. I mean, I've dated guys from every spectrum of race and religion, but never in my life have I ever been so conscious of being a Catholic, female minority until I dated either one. Sure, they tried to make me feel bad for being who I am, but the only reaction they ever got from me was a lot of head scratching and incredulous looks of "seriously?" And no second date.

    Anyways, I don't consider myself a Democrat either. I'm more moderate now.

    1. I did not know that you dated a Tea-Partier. Actually, if you remove all the social aspects of the tea party, the basic tenant of reducing taxes, I can get behind. But the insanity begins with their social stances on religion, abortions, marriage, etc. That's where it really goes off a cliff.

      I'm not sure why fiscal responsibility needs to pair up with all of these really dubious social agendas. It's like getting something for free that you really don't want or need.

      Good on the no second date; that was probably for the best!

      As for me, I'm pretty much the same still…

      1. Yes, sadly I dated a tea partier. But in my defense, I did not know about this until he started talking politics and I casually menioned "tea partiers scare the sh** out of me." Then it went downhill from there. All that sayings about never talking about politics and religion on dates did not apply to this guy.

        I understand what you mean about the basic tenets being the same. I still have the same as well that agree with the Republican party although there maybe a few tweaks here and there after years of growing. I just wish they haven't been so alienating lately.

  2. daniel 2:21– He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.

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