Non-offensive living…

...for good reason.

Often in our culture we are asked and required to do things that test our priorities and purposes in life. The laws of the land may not seem appropriate, consistent or even relevant to our faith. Many believers take issue with the sanctioning of marriage for same sex couples. Bakeries are being required not to discriminate in what they sell. Jesus’ advice, again here posed as a question is to not offend the culture, but oblige with purpose.

Matthew 17:24-27 (NIV)
24  After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25  “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes–from their own sons or from others?”
26  “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him.
27  “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
This makes me want to go fishing…Jesus greater miracle here is His non-offensive response to a cultural norm. Are we able to do so? I’m hoping to follow Jesus today.

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