TRINITY 18 - POLITICS AND RELIGION
Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, 'Whoever said religion and politics do not mix, has not read my Bible.' He's right. Faith that is a personal affair, that doesn't have any bearing on society, has misunderstood Christianity. If faith has nothing to contribute to ethics and values, if our faith does not speak out against injustice or defend the oppressed, it is not much use. In today's Gospel, Jesus the politician replies to a question about taxes designed to entrap him. It reads like a modern day Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight (when he was there!) asking difficult questions of politicians during election time. Except in this scenario, Jesus comes off well, and the pharisees are made to seem foolish. They think Jesus will not agree taxes should be paid to the Roman Empire - and if he denies the Emperor, it is treason. His answer keeps within the law, yet recognises God's supremacy. The pharisees daren't ask the obvious: 'What belongs to God?' because it will be too challenging for their self-centred lives. Taxes then were very different from today, of course. Today, we all benefit; then, it was extracted from those who rarely saw benefit themselves. Jesus' answer is in fact a subversive comment on the corrupt regime: for of course, as a coin bears the image of the Emperor, so we ourselves bear the image of God, and therefore belong to him. God's Kingdom is greater than all Empires, and the rightful demands of God on our hearts and lives, greatest of all.
HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON
8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist except First Sunday - All Age Service.
5.30 p.m. First & Third Sunday: Evensong (BCP).
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sunday: Said Evening Prayer
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday - Eucharist
11.00 a.m. Wednesday - Eucharist (BCP)
4.30 p.m. Friday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
5.30 p.m. Monday - Thursday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
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9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion
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