When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people.
So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. So they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?" They said, "The emperor's." He said to them, "Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent. Luke 20:19-26
They are watching the children of God
those who would believe us lairs and fools
those who would decide we are trouble
and those who do not understand at all.
Some of the children of God watch others
hoping they will stumble and fall
greedily aching to see the holy soiled
never seeking forgiveness but destruction.
Some of the children of God are watching
the world with an eye to reach out a hand
watching the faces and moved in heart
to make room for the needy and broken.
And God is watching us all as we ignore
the person beside us on the bus
the mother of three who cleans the stalls
and the violence victim at the checkout stand.