Unchecked power

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The Godfather was brought to life by Francis Ford Coppola. It was a fascinating case study on how power corrupts. Michael Corleone’s rise and fall is a case in point. His character starts off as an average soldier, and slowly he gets pushed by family business into a merciless murderer with no moral compass.

Although I’m no expert on Shakespeare, the story of Macbeth is also intriguing. Macbeth was just an average warrior until he won an epic battle and received a prophecy. It claimed he was the future king. So, in his thirst for power, he murders the current ruler to secure the throne.

Have you noticed your world is full of individuals who are unjust and often unfair when they get in power? I’m sure you’ve found that even the smallest dose of power can change a person. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they’re a little less friendly to the people beneath them. They begin to treat people differently.

It’s inevitable and the hard, sometimes cruel truth is you will face such people the moment you step outside. This is no surprise to any of us. So what do you do when you’re treated unjustly or unfairly? Let me suggest the words of Jesus. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44. You may not agree with them. You may be persecuted by them. You may be treated unfairly by them. But one thing you can do is this: Pray for them. Start there. Let God work even when you don’t see it.

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