Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Opus 26, IQ: Power Corrupts

There is a quote that pops up every once in awhile.  It usually goes like this, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Like many phrases this is attributed to different people.  Google leads me to “The Phrase Finder.”  This verifies the source.  I had assumed that the original author was someone called Lord Acton.  In this case I was correct.  The original quote is given this way:
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

This is a theme of much literature and a daily meme on the news.  We see this and in our hearts know there is some harmony with the idea.

Don’t let it poison your thinking.  I don’t know the full context of Acton’s remarks but they were made in a letter to a bishop so spiritual issues may have been under discussion.  To Christians this is based on our belief in the carnal nature.  Men are born with a sinful nature.  If we stop there all is despair.  But we don’t stop there.  We go on to grace and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Without God’s touch the statement is totally true but with God’s touch our character can be transformed.

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