Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Or so we are told by the 19th Century British historian, Lord Acton. You may have heard of the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971. It demonstrates how people can be easily corrupted by power. According to the study, humans are prone to use power abusively! Even those who have a much healthier view of their fellow man, naturally use power for their own advantage, even if not abusively.
Last week we saw in Philippians 2:6-11 that, in Christ, God did not use His power to His own advantage, to trump all, but rather for the advantage of others. Apparently absolute power does not always corrupt. And this week we discover that Paul insists that we who share in Christ do likewise—that we use our power for the advantage of others!
But how? How will we have this way of thinking that was in Jesus also in us as a people so that we use power in the same way Christ used power?