“Was Jesus Patriotic?”
Matthew 22:15-22; Rev. Carl Lindquisyt
Was Jesus patriotic? If you’re like me, you’ve probably never thought of it that way before. It’s really an odd question. I guess that most of us, since we think patriotism is a good thing, off the top of our heads would say, “well, of course Jesus was patriotic.”
But was he? After all, wasn’t he brought before the Roman governor Pilate by the leaders of his own country, where they told Pilate, according to the gospel of Luke, “We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is a king. He stirs up the people.” (Luke 23:2) That doesn’t sound very much like a man who was seen as patriotic by his own countryman. Pilate for his part didn’t necessarily agree with them, for he found Jesus not guilty of any crimes but he agreed to have Jesus crucified anyway, basically just to keep the peace there with those Jerusalem leaders.