This Is Where We Find Him!

You hypocrites... give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar -- and to God what belongs to God

Matthew 22:18,21
Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalms 96:1,3-5,7-10; I Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

In an article attributed to the Wall Street Journal, the following was allegedly heard on the floor of the United States House of Representatives: “Never before have I heard such ill-informed, wimpy, back-stabbing drivel as that just uttered by my respected colleague, the distinguished gentleman from Ohio.”

Much more than ill-informed, wimpy, back-stabbing drivel, Jesus came down hard on hypocrisy. And when He did, the condemnation was always against His own people — the respected, distinguished, Church-going people of his time. He condemned them for “show-boating” when they gave alms: “Hypocrites looking for applause,” He called them. He condemned them for show-boating when they prayed. They go to church and pray “in order to be noticed,” He said. He condemned the pillars of the Temple who paid only “lip service” to God and offered Him only empty reverence, so devoted were they to their own man-made rules for worship and right living. “Woe to you, you frauds,” He said to them. Literally, over and over…

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