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BY J. M. HUMPHREY
"And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar
the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are
God's" (Mark 12:17).
The above statement has a broader and deeper
significance than is usually seen by the hasty reader.
Where Jesus here directly referred to the Emperor
and the Roman government, He also referred in a
broader sense to the world at large. Hence "Caesar"
here stands for and represents the whole uncon-
verted world. Therefore, in this light we wish to
briefly treat the subject. These are days when, if
the above command were heeded and put into prac-
tice, there would be a great rebuilding of Christian
influence and restoring of confidence in the religion
of the Bible. Where the church has been greatly
disgraced and put to shame by backsliders, on one
hand, it has suffered a similar loss, on the other,
from the conduct and statements of extremists, re-
ligious cranks, and fanatics who ignored "the powers
that be." And owing to this state of affairs, religion
and holiness is brought into disrepute almost every-
ow in the following lines I shall endeavor to
briefly mention what the duty of a Christian is to the
unconverted world. We must ever remember that the
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Bible in no place gives us license to intrude upon
the rights of others, even though they may not be
Christians. What saith the scripture on this point?
^'Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye even so to them" (Matt. 7 :12) .
Let us see what our duty is respecting the law of
the land. It is the duty of a Christian to obey every
command of the law of the land that does not conflict
with the law of God (Acts 5:29; 1 Pet. 2: 13, 14).
It is also a part of his duty, as a child of God, to
pray daily for all men who are in authority. Paul
wrote to Timothy as follows: ^^I exhort therefore,
that, first of all, supplications, prayers, interces-
sions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for
kings, and for all that are in authority ; that we may
lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and
honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the
sight of God our Savior ; who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth"
(1 Tim. 2:1-4).
Second, the duty of the Christian to his unsaved
neighbor is, that we, as Christians, owe our neigh-
bor the ^'Golden Kule," i. e., we are not to do any-
thing to him that we would not like to receive in re-
turn. We are not to say anything about him that we
would not like said about us. We are not to think
anything about him that we would not like others
to think about us. We are also to render him the
same amount of assistance, when in a hard place,
that we would like rendered to us in similar circum-
Third, the duty of the Christian to his employer
is to give him the same careful, prompt, obedient
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service in his daily occupation that he renders to
the Lord on Sunday in his prayers. What saith the
scripture at this point? ^'Servants, obey in all things
your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-
service, as menpleasers, but in singleness of heart,
fearing God; and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not unto men" (Col. 3: 22, 23).
Therefore, this puts an end forever to all saucy, sar-
castic, sharp back-talk.
Fourth, the duty of the Christian to his employe
is that he is to treat him with the same kindness,
thoughtfulness, love, and patience that he would
render to the Lord Jesus Christ if he had Him em-
ployed. ^'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of
the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it un-
to me" (Matt. 25:40). If this was adhered to, it
would forever put a stop to the unfairness and
cruelty w^hich the laboring man meets from his em-
Fifth, the duty of a Christian to his unsaved
family is that he should carefully and constantly
(as far as possible) fulfill all of his duties and re-
sponsibilities as a hushandj father, and example.
(The Christian wife is to do likewise.) He is to
promptly, openly, frankly, and humbly acknowledge
any fault, and also freely ask his family to forgive
him for any unmerited reproof or mistreatment that
he may thoughtlessly or hastily give. He is never to
allow his conversation or conduct at home to contra-
dict his testimony which he gives at church on Sun-
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