Today in the Scriptures Jesus is confronted by Scribes and Pharisees that are plotting against him. They challenge him concerning authority, offering him the sticky situation of choosing between offending the ruling Romans or offending the Law of Moses. Jesus sidesteps the question by returning the challenge, and inviting those who were gathered to show where their loyalties lie.
In our daily lives we are continually confronted with questions of authority and loyalty. We are challenged to live in a society that is increasingly seeing a distancing between 'what we believe' and 'what society upholds.' I saw this this week in the discussions concerning euthanasia/assisted dying at the Supreme Court, for example.