Power and More of It!

Author: Pastor Charles A. Tapp
October 04, 2018

Over the past few weeks, our country has had to endure one of its most divisive times in recent history, as the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court has fallen under close scrutiny. Of course, an event such as this can never be completely void of politics, but there is politics and then there is politics. But what has made this entire process such a challenging one for me and so many others to stomach, is that it appears that what is driving many of those involved is not a strict adherence to principle, but an insatiable quest for power, and more of it.

Now, before you think that what I am about to say is driven by my own political ideology, please allow me to assure you that it is not. What has caused me great consternation as I have watched both of our Nation’s political parties battling throughout this ordeal is that I have come to the conclusion that what drives many of us to make the decisions that we do is not our desire to remain steadfast to a set of principles, which guide our lives, but a desire to obtain power and more of it.

Let’s be clear, power in and of itself is not an evil thing. By nature, power is neutral. It is only when power is placed in someone’s hands does it become either a force for evil or a force for good. And sadly, it appears that the more power one has, the more power one wants, and not always so that it can be used for good. As the old proverb says, “ Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” What is there about power that the more of it we have, the more it diminishes our moral compass to make decisions based on what is right and what is best?

What has saddened me most in recent days is not just the political football surrounding the Supreme Court nominee that is being tossed around, it is that when I look to the church to show me the shining example of how this is supposed to look, sadly I see too much of the world’s desire for the same. As Christians, the decisions that we make, individually as well as corporately, should always be driven by the principles of Scripture that help to guide us to do what is right and what is best in every situation. But the question then remains, best for whom?

If we the church are determined to allow our insatiable desire for power and more of it to drive us in making our decisions and not the the principles contained in God’s word, then we are no better than the institutions of the world. In fact, we are worse, because God and, believe it or not, even the world expects more from the church than what they’ve been getting. And frankly, so should we.

Charles A. Tapp
Senior Pastor, Sligo Church

7700 Carroll Ave |  Takoma PARK, MD 20912