Render Unto Caesar

Should Christians pay their taxes? Vote? Hold public office? Carry out civic responsibilities?


Without a doubt!

Christians ought to be the finest citizens in the land. They have been commanded to give Caesar his due.

This command of Jesus is not meant to so separate the secular and the sacred that one can be loose in his conduct while caring for matters having to do with the government simply because that is in Caesar’s department. Not at all. Every area of the Christian life is sacred. However, it is clear that carrying out earthly responsibilities does not interfere with dedication to the Saviour unless the government requires some act that is in conflict with the Bible. In those cases, we ought always to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).

On this text, Dr. John R. Rice has written: “Duty to government does not conflict with duty to God. Jews would sin if they went after Roman idolatry, but they would properly pay taxes to support the government then in power which furnishes them so many of the protections and facilities of the nation. Jesus Himself and Peter paid taxes (Matthew 17:24-27). Christians are urged to pray for rulers (I Timothy 2:1, 2). It is proper for Christians to vote and to use their influence for good government.”

Citizens of heaven cannot ignore their duty as citizens of this earth!