October 1st, 2008 – by Emily Benner
My whole life I have grown up seeing power as basically only a bad thing. However, [the last reading for Doug’s seminar class] made the point that although power tends to corrupt, powerlessness also corrupts. However, many people just sit back and don’t want to make a change. Some fear added responsibility, some lack confidence in their gifts, some prefer to surround themselves with dependable relationships, and some want power but only for themselves and their churches. I realized that I find myself in this group, mostly because of the first two fears. Yet we have to remember that God is the source of power and that power can be a good thing as long as it is rooted in love and is shared. That is why power has had a negative connotation in my mind, because power is almost never rooted in love.