Abuse of Power
Included in the ways in which imperfect people betray how selfish they are, is in their craving for power.
The well known British writer, Malcolm Muggeridge, pointed out that people love power because they have not realized that the basis of human life is love but basically the urge for power is a very dangerous one; it’s one that Jesus Christ declined to have.
The seriousness of this matter is further seen from the Bible statement ‘whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world is constituting an enemy of God’, James 4:4, and John 6:15 shows Jesus Christ refused to become a political ruler.
Because of the prevalence of man’s craving for power together with the havoc it can cause, the Founding Fathers of the United States devised a constitution that divided governmental powers into three parts- executive, legislative and judicial.
These parts were to provide checks so that there would be no abuse of power. In spite of this noble intention, there has been widespread abuse of power. As we know from personal experience and observation, history is filled with the records of men who abuse power to their aggrandizement and to the harm of their fellowman and premature death to themselves.
For most among those who have served the Devil’s purpose have been many religious leaders. How is that so? Well, they have abused their power by teaching false doctrines thereby enslaving people. False religious leaders have also abused their power by persecuting God’s true servants.
Stephen, according to the Bible, was the first Christian martyr.
There can be no doubt as to who are practising true religion; there were and are the followers of Jesus Christ.
They all belong to the one Christian organization; by their fruits you will know them. Jesus himself said that “No one can slave for two masters for either he will hate one and love the other or he will stick to the one and despise the other.”
You cannot slave for God and for taxpayers’ money.