Minister’s Note 15th October 2017

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Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.

(Eph. 5:1–2)

 

Power breeds nastiness” says Richard Beck quoting from a book with a most interesting title[1]. Beck describes a study in which

“groups of three individuals were asked to discuss a controversial topic. One of the three participants was randomly appointed to evaluate the recommendations of the other two, which meant being placed, as the judge, in a slightly higher power role. Later in the experiment the three participants were brought a plate of five cookies, intentionally an odd number so that only two of the three could help themselves to a second cookie. Here’s what the researchers found: Power corrupts. The “high status” participant, the one randomly selected to be the judge, was more likely to take a second cookie, chew with his or her mouth open, and get crumbs on the table. Sutton observes: “This silly study scares me because it shows how having just a slight power edge causes regular people to grab the cookies for themselves and act like rude pigs. Just think about the effects in thousands of interactions every year”.

We see this in politicians of all persuasions. We will see it in ourselves (or at least others will), unless, armoured with the helmet of salvation and the shield of faith (Eph. 6:17-18), we pursue the way of sacrificial love.

 

God Bless,

Sean

 

 

[1] Robert I. Sutton, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t (New York: Warner Business, 2007) quoted in Beck, Richard. Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted