If you follow Jesus, then what does a faithful response to power look like for you?
I want to think about this question with you for 2 reasons:
First, during our time in Mexico together, we confronted a countless number of situations where all of us felt either powerful or powerless. And those feelings shaped how we related to others in Mexico, as well as our faith in Jesus on a personal level, and I believe that this same dynamic holds true for us no matter where we live and visit. Ultimately power shapes our relationships with one another and with God.
And the second reason why I want to address this question with you is because every single one of you is a powerful person. You - every single one of you - possess power.
And what is power? Power simply defined is influence.
You are an influencer.
Conversely, however, you are also influenced. Every one of us in some way or another is influenced by others. Depending on the situation, there are others in positions of power and influence over us - whether that person be a supervisor, family member, friend, or stranger. All of us encounter people who influence us, and still the question remains even in those situations:
“How should a Christian respond to power?” If you follow Jesus, then what does a faithful response to power look like for you?