In his book, Kingdoms in Conflict, Charles Colson states on page 272, “Power is like saltwater; the more you drink the thirstier you get.
The lure of power can separate the most resolute of Christians from the nature of Christian leadership, which is service to others. It’s difficult to stand on a pedestal and wash the feet of those below.
It was the very temptation of power that led to the first sin. Eve was tempted to eat from the tree of the knowledge to be like God and acquire power reserved for Him. “The sin of the garden was the sin of power,” says Quaker writer, Richard Foster.”
Colson nailed it with the above lines. Yet, God used this insatiable thirst for power to cause the American Patriots to risk everything and say to the bestial King George 111, “Enough! We won’t take it anymore!” Thus was born the United States of America. The birth was long and painful, but here we are, long past the predicted time of our duration as a nation. In theory, the rule is given to a few via the shared power of the whole.
I was shocked as I briefly watched a TV Program when the roaming interviewer asked men and woman of different ages, “Who was the enemy in the revolution?” Most were stunned and most did not know the truth. I can mildly understand not knowing King George, but to think the War for Independence was fought against Mexico, France, or Spain says worlds as to the why of our current situation.
I recall as a Fifth-Grade student being strongly encouraged to remember and recite The Declaration of Independence verbatim in its entirety. Mrs. Maloney loved America fervently and we were expected to follow her lead!
For most of our history, we have been less than thrilled when any phase of our governing mechanism gets a “little too big for its britches.” Lately we have been dangerously close to the pinnacle of toleration.
Too much centralized and unchecked power is dangerous. While thinking on this, keep close the words of Milton in Paradise Lost, where Lucifer proclaims, “To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.”
A motto from Revolutionary times is a good one for God’s people today:
We have no king but Jesus Christ.
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