Jesus and Politics

Series: The Servant King

Jesus and Politics

October 11, 2020 | Sam Shaw
Mark 12:13-17

Martin Luther once said, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battle fields besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” At The Orchard Church, we believe that faith is profoundly personal, but not private. To follow Jesus means he will shape every area of our lives. And every passage of scripture can have deep political, social, and personal ramifications. So we do not want to flinch or shy away from one of the most divisive and disruptive topics of our time: politics. Co-Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through Mark 12:13-17 and details what Jesus says about politics.

Discussion Questions

Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer. And if you are watching with others, please take the opportunity to discuss these questions aloud. 

Jesus said “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. Render to God what is God’s.” (Mark 12:13-17)

  • What do you think Jesus is saying?
  • What would you say is “Caesars?”
  • What would you say is “God’s?”
  • How does this statement of Jesus  help you think about politics?
  • What are the Biblical principles that will help you vote this year?How does this parable show the kindness and patience of God?

Series Information

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45, ESV)
Mark does not read like dull history. It is a fast-paced narrative that will startle you by how abrupt it can be and leave you out of breath while you try to keep up with the narrative. Jesus entered into this broken world to be The Servant King and this startling reality changed everything forever. Mark presents Jesus' life and ministry in two acts (chapters 1-8 and 9-16), exploding right out of the gate with words that would be unmistakable for a Jewish audience. He provides specific events in rapid-fire succession to show that Jesus is the Servant King who served, suffered, died and rose again conquering sin and death. He alone saves those who will repent and believe. Jesus is not some historical figure, he is a living person who rescues people who will reorient their lives around his Gospel and it is clear that an immediate response to Jesus is required. So let's start at the beginning...

Other sermons in the series

Jan 19, 2020

The Servant King

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to...

Oct 11, 2020

Jesus and Politics

Martin Luther once said, “If I profess with the loudest voice and...