I can’t take credit for this, but came across it on Twitter – good reminder.
As Christians we get offended and defensive when the world lumps us all together with folks like Phelps/Westboro, prosperity preachers, KKK, and other crazies. It would be good to remember that extremism and crazy folk exist in Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and other religious communities. Just because some vocal religious leaders preach hate and violence doesn’t mean everyone who holds to those faiths embraces those beliefs or actions.
We are instructed, ‘”Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”…“Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”’(Matt 22:17-21)