Render unto Caesar

Christian churches should consider very carefully any challenge to IRS rules prohibiting a political pulpit. The law clearly states that congregations that actively and openly promote particular candidates or parties are subject to forfeit tax exempt status. Each election cycle a few more raise objections to these rules citing infringement on free speech and expression of religion. They are tragically wrong.

Jesus allowed "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. . . ." Eccliastical America has made a bargain with Caesar. If The State will forgo it's right to tax the property and income of The Church, The Church will forgo it's prerogative to exhort the flock electorally. It is truly a Faustian bargain.

For a handful of silver The Church has permitted The City of Man to proscribe speech inside the City of God.