20. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21. They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
Is the Christian's obedience which is properly due to Caesar - that is, to a responsible single human being capable of virtue and repentance - automatically transferable to republican government?
And to abstract entities such as 'the democratic process'?
A monarch may, in principle, be legitimate; but a process (such as a bureaucratic mechanism of vote-counting) never can be legitimate, since it cannot be responsible and is incapable of virtue and repentance.