Century Marks

You’ve got power: Every human being has power. So the question for humans is, How should we use our power? All temptation, claims Bennett J. Sims, retired bishop emeritus of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, lures us toward using power to dominate rather than to serve others. Jesus’ temptations to power are archtypical: in the wilderness he was tempted to dominate nature, to engage in self-aggrandizing acts and to engage in empire building. Conversely, Jesus’ miracles used power to heal the sick, mend the broken and bring order where disorder prevailed. The temptation to use power for domination is especially poignant for leaders, for “all leadership is the exercise of power” (Why Bush Must Go, Continuum).


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