What does it mean to: "Render unto Caesar the
that are Ceaser’s, and unto God what
(Mark 12:17) It's pretty plain what
it does not mean.
The passage certainly does not mean God and country
belong compatibly together. It means the two
separate, and therefore should be treated that way.
Hence, in this passage Jesus himself made quite
belief in the separation of church and state.
For if Satan
is this world's ruler,
as the Bible said, he would certainly
rule through this world's rulers. And because
power corrupts absolutely, Satan is in truth the
of man (or works through it, if you're inclined
to blieve in
that way).So how noble and righteous is it to proclaim
"God & Country"?
It certainly has nothing to do with the Bible's
teachings. "Behold! All nations are like drops
in a bucket, like fine dust on the scales... They
are accorded by God as less than nothing and
emptiness..." says the Lord in Isaiah 40: 15-17.
And in a seemingly endless cosmos wherein our
entire galaxy is but an invisible speck, this passage
is an understatement indeed.
If by very definition we speak of a supreme Godhead
ultimate Mystery underlying the lawful and creative power of the entire universe - then why should something
less than infintesimal receive special treatment in infinity? Nay,
national gods exist only in the minds of demented rulers and their clueless
Did any nation claiming their own special god ever long
prevail? For instance the Hebrews suffered destruction
from the Assyrians, exile from the Babylonians, near
annnihilation from the Romans, and persecution from
Europeans culminating in the Nazi holocaust - while no
intervened. Now Islam indoctrinates thousands of
mass murderers in the name of their own god daily, only
reap back as much mass slaughter as they sow.
Moreover, the united States now believes it is its God-
given right to to
attack any small sovereign country
it disfavors, as its
Satanic religious right cheers it on -
all the while calling
Islam "Satanic" ( which is
actually true, since
it takes one to know one).
Meanwhile enough of the masses always rally behind the
slaughter to give it sanction. And the rallying
becomes "God and Country!", then finally "My country
right or wrong!". Little do they know the only thing
divine in human beings is the goodness they can tap
themselves, and their ability to help others as well.