Then the Tea Party leaders got together, conspiring to entrap Jesus on the record. So they sent in some of their representatives along with a few Senators.
They said, “Professor, we know how sincere and godly and truthful you are, and how you tell it like it is, and how impartial you are with people. So, tell us what you think about this: Is the federal income tax constitutional, or not?”
Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, “Why are you pestering me with this, you hypocrites? Show me a dollar bill.” So they showed him a dollar bill. And he said, “Whose picture is on this? Who does it say that is there?”
“Washington,” they said.
“Give to Washington what belongs to Washington, and to God what is God’s.”
When they heard this they were dumbfounded. So they left him and went away.
Rarely does the original context mirror the modern one so perfectly. Even to the point that people who confuse church and state for the same thing continue to be dumfounded by Jesus telling them, then and now, that they are worlds apart.