How human leadership skews the Lordship of Christ.

14 Oct

My view of Jesus’ Lordship has been skewed by what I experienced in human leadership.

Leadership bring power.  Power brings attention, freedom, confidence, might, money, and often the ability to declare “right.”  With so many advantages, no wonder that power is held so tightly.  No wonder that wars are fought, lives are lost, and people are destroyed over the control of power.

Bullying and establishing your position is not limited to elementary school hallways, but runs rampant on our sports teams, our businesses, our government, and our churches.

I have seen how power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  I have seen the corruption of power up close.  I have been prisoner to its whims, and have stood shaking in its shadow.  Its wounds are slow to heal, and its scars last a lifetime.

So no wonder that I have lost respect for the title, and remain disillusioned over those who hold power.

If only I could find a lord, that I would follow.

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A lord who gave instead of took.  A lord who loved instead of lorded.  A lord who defended the weak, who shunned the self-proclaimed righteous.  A lord who challenged norms, refused preference, and had no reason to cling to the power they possessed.  A lord who when at his weakest did not demand obeisance, but willingly sacrificed.  A lord who knew that a throne was not something given by might, but by right.

That is the Lord that I will love.  That is the Lord to whom I will joyfully surrender.

I am pretty sure that I am not alone.

Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Director of EA Resources.

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