Can we understand power in a more Christlike way?

Jesus washing feetI don’t think we should define God according to how we understand power. I think we should define power according to how we understand God. If God is understood as an enforcer – as an enraged tyrant or dispassionate observer – this leads to one understanding of power. If God is understood as an empowerer – as a catalyzing agent – this leads to another understanding of power. Is power something that God jeaously hords, as if God can’t get enough? Or is power something that God generously grants, as if God has more than enough? How you answer this question has important implications.

One thought on “Can we understand power in a more Christlike way?”

  1. N.T. Wright said that instead of trying to understand who Jesus is by looking at God, it would be more accurate to look at Jesus as the way to know who God is (very rough paraphrase). In other words, the self-giving, humbling, passionate prophet who went to the cross is the ultimate image of God. The way Jesus used power is how God uses power. That is something worth meditating on.

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