Absolute Power...


"Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven." - Colossians 4:1 NIV We've all heard the saying, "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts, absolutely." This famous phrase is attributed to a historian and moralist by the name of Lord Acton (1834-1902). However, like most things in life this phrase wasn't completely novel. It was actually French Republican poet Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamortine (what a name) who penned the idea originally in 1848. In the essay in which they appear, Lamortine said, "It is not only the slave or serf who is ameliorated (made better) in becoming free... the master himself did not gain less in every point of view... for absolute power corrupts the best natures." Lamortine's point, in other words, was that not only is the slave better off because of freedom, but the master is as well. With the temptation and allure of absolute power removed, the former "master" now lives in freedom of conscience. When the Apostle Paul penned the words in Colossians 4 he no doubt had in mind a key relationship between two of his dear friends. The one delivering this message to Colossae, Onesimus, a slave, and the one to whom he is returning, Philemon, his master. In his letter to Philemon, Paul alludes to the fact that he could be bold and just tell Philemon that Onesimus is no longer a slave but instead a dear brother in Christ (Philemon 1:8,9,16). Instead, Paul graciously appeals to Philemon's new nature as a Christian, allowing him the free choice to reject the corruption of power and his former position as master. Like Philemon, the people of Colossae, and you and I as Christians, are called to abandon these sinful ideas of control. Until our hearts are truly genuine and sincere against such corruption the Bible continues to appeal in love with a message that effectively says, "consider carefully how you treat others, you too are under a master and He will stand in judgment of you some day." According to scripture all of us, in fact, are slaves. Albeit, to One who is beyond corruption, but slaves none-the-less. And as such, we ought to see one another as equals under His care. We as Christians need to see that our true freedom is not found in asserting control over one another. Rather, it is in relinquishing such control to God alone and loving one another as dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ! Questions to Consider: Although not slavery, are there areas in your life where you are still asserting control over others? How might you gain by letting go of such control?

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