In this issue, we cover the complicated problem of power. This topic has received a lot of attention recently due to the many ways that people have exposed how powerful people have abused their power. We hope these articles will contribute to that conversations by exposing specific abuses, but also by showing how the Gospel of Jesus Christ leads to the potential redeeming of power in our daily lives, whatever domain we may have power over.
We have placed the articles in a specific outline with the hope that the reader will start from the beginning and read until the end. Of course, each piece stands alone and can be read by itself as well, but hopefully you will see the connections between each article, the most common theme being that power is not inherently evil. We just tend to look for power in the wrong places and therefore end up with corrupted power.
Throughout this issue, you will notice various emphases put on political power. Michael Key sets the issue up well by explaining how we Evangelicals seek power through legislation or political action. Peter Elliot and Tymarcus Ragland then take that thread and elaborate on ways that mere legislation and political action are not enough for serious change. We, as individuals and as communities, must change. As Tymarcus writes, “friendship, the most fundamental unit of a community in addition to the family, cannot be legislated.”
Wedged between these more political pieces are two articles that focus specifically on the spiritual disciplines of scripture reading and prayer as a way to reimagine what power can be. Cory Rankin clearly outlines how the Holy Word of God reshapes our definition of power, pointing out that God delegated His great power to us even before the Fall. Cory reminds us that “as new creations (2 Cor. 5:17), we can view power in a different way, in a redeemed way and we can also show the watching world what power is meant to look like.”
We end the issue with a reminder of our need to pray, framing prayer as a source of rebellion against the powerful narratives we face in our daily lives. Our hope is that these articles will point you to the perfect source of power: The Triune God. We believe that He gives us access to a proper vision of power, that He restores those who have been abused by people in power, and that He can help us reimagine what power can be.