Christianity and Power

February 21, 2008

Often we hear people say that Christianity dispenses with the very idea of power. That power is not a category deployed in the Christian life. That the true Christian eschews the exercise of power. This is wrong. And clearly unbiblical.

Yes, Christianity objects to the worldly concept and usage of power, but it does not object to the idea of power itself. The Gospel is power. Truth is power. The Spirit empowers.

No, power is a vital category in Christian life and experience. It is just that the power is of an utterly different kind, of a different origin, operates by a different standard, is based on a different dynamic, acts with a different motive and aims to a different end than does worldly power.