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GOVERNMENT AND GREED – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Biblical view on government, our part is
. to pay our taxes
SCRIPTURE: Matt.17:24-27, 22:17-21; Rom.13:6-7
Style: drama/conversation: Peter discusses
. paying taxes with another disciple
Cast: PETER, DISCIPLE
Set & Props:
(PETER enters with DISCIPLE.)
PETER These Pharisees were obviously just now
. trying to catch Jesus doing something wrong.
DISCIPLE Paying taxes to Rome could show that
. we are paying tribute to another king,
. which would go against the Torah and prove
. that Jesus was being disloyal to Judaism.
PETER But if Jesus had said that we did
. NOT have to pay taxes, the Pharisees
. would have denounced Jesus to the Romans.
. These Pharisees must have heard that
. we paid the poll-tax in Capernaum.
DISCIPLE Do they not know HOW you paid that poll-tax?
PETER What? That Jesus told me to find a coin
. in the mouth of the first fish that I caught?
. Does it really matter how we got the money?
. Isn’t it more just the fact that we paid
. taxes to the Roman government?
DISCIPLE I can see everyone’s reluctance in doing that
. since this is supposed to be our land.
. Are we to give tax money to the people
. who took our land? And how exactly are they
. using this money that they collect from us!
. We have absolutely no say in the matter.
PETER I suppose that would be on their conscience.
DISCIPLE It is unfair and unjust. 2
PETER I see that it is unfair – and unjust –
. when you look at the entire picture.
DISCIPLE But the Romans-
PETER Are here for now!
DISCIPLE If Jesus is truly our Messiah, then
. Jesus will help us get our land back.
(PETER thinks about this.)
PETER I am getting the idea that it will not be
. as simple as all that.
DISCIPLE Our Messiah will take the throne.
PETER Yes, He will. But the question is - when?
. What is this that Jesus keeps talking about? –
. That He will be delivered into the hands
. of men, who will kill Him.
DISCIPLE Right, Jesus said something about that...
. something about a betrayal? So, then,
. Jesus is NOT our Messiah?
PETER He also said something about being raised
. on the third day.
DISCIPLE What does that even mean? How does it apply
. to the fact that we must give tax money
. to our enemies? Caesar is only a man!
PETER Who has been placed in position of power
. by God.
DISCIPLE You are saying strange and dangerous things!
. And so is Jesus. The Pharisees keep looking
. for ways to trick Jesus into saying something
. that will self-incriminate.
PETER And we keep seeing how Jesus answers them
. in ways that only demonstrate His wisdom
. and insight – like He can read their minds.
(DISCIPLE shakes his head, uncertain.) 3
DISCIPLE You can see that the Pharisees are getting
. angry with Jesus. And we are seen guilty
. by association.
PETER I would rather be associated with Jesus
. than with hypocrites. And the answer
. that Jesus gave the Pharisees was correct:
. the coin has Caesar’s likeness and inscription
. on it. So we pay our taxes! As well,
. we give to God what is God’s.
DISCIPLE If it means our life?
PETER Maybe that is what it means?
. Everything that we have is from God.
DISCIPLE So why then should we give to the government?
PETER Because God says so.