“Power to the people!”
“‘You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,’ he said, ‘and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served…’”
Mark 10:42-45 (MSG)
Most Western politicians view democracy as the best form of government. Leaders of the recent protests in the Middle East have commented that the only legal form of government should be that of the people. The ancient Romans proclaimed, “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
What do you think? Would the Bible agree with “power to the people”? Obviously there is no space in this short message to debate the merits of different forms of government. My view is that history speaks for itself. Monarchy, rule by the army or by a council, rule by clerics and priests, and democracy: all have failed to one degree or another. And all have had some successes. It has depended on the quality and on the principles of the people involved.
The Bible refers to a Kingdom in which all humanity is included. The King is Jesus Christ, who is a servant among the people. In fact so great is his love for us that he died for us. Also, interestingly, with reference to Pentecost, we understand that Jesus shares his power with us for the benefit of others. He sends to us the Holy Spirit, who is “power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
So, with the Bible, it is “Power to the People”—God’s power!
All-powerful God in Heaven, please guide the elections in the UK and around the world so that we may have leaders who will serve the people to the best of their abilities. Give them wisdom to lead us. In the name of Jesus we pray.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.