Power Abuse and an Antidote

Menorah L.I.T.E.S

Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants

A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries

What comes to your mind when we hear the word “Abuse of Power”. If you are like me, the first names that come to your mind would be Hitler or Saddam Hussain or some other dictator in the history or current world. We normally do not think that abuse of power is a day to day activity, prevalent in many of our own lives or the lives of those around us. Take the treatment of women in our society for example. Feminists claim that patriarchy (the affirmation of male authority over females) is the basis for most social pathology and for virtually all domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. And they have reasons to claim this. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse by men is shockingly prevalent in our culture (in any culture for that matter). Even in the so called advanced society like US, domestic violence perpetrated by males account for more adult female emergency room visits than traffic accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, it is the greatest single cause of injury to American women. World Health Organization research indicates that at least one in five of the world’s females have been physically or sexually abused by a man or men at some time in her life.

And that is not the only area where we see abuse of power in day to day life. Look at the way personal staff like maids, cooks, drivers, security guards etc  are treated by employers, look at the way children are treated by teachers and grown ups. The list goes on!!

The painful fact is we do not need to look only in history or leadership positions or elsewhere to find abuse of power. We might be surprised by the proximity of that to our own personal life. Christian homes, Christian organisations, Churches etc are no exception.

Is there an antidote? Thankfully yes!! There is an antidote. A study of different relationships from the bible will point us to the antidote called Servant Leadership

Why do some of us fall into this trap? How do some of the Christians “justify” such behaviour? What is the antidote to this? Think along with me as we study the concept of headship, the misunderstandings around the same, and the application of servant leadership in day to day life. Click here to follow my thoughts on the topic of  “Applications in Everyday life

Let us keep the conversation going. This is a serious subject. And we can make a difference. I would love to hear from you about stories of abuse and application of servant leadership in day to day life. Contact us and let us know your views.

Stay Blessed in the meantime!!!

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