Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

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by Andy Crouch

Power corrupts, as we've seen time and time again.  People too often abuse their power and play god in the lives of others.  Shady politicians, corrupt executives and ego-filled media stars have made us suspicious of those who wield influence and authority.  They too often breed injustice by participating in what the Bible calls idolatry.  Yet power is also the means by which we bring life, create possibilities, offer hope and make human flourishing possible.  This is "playing god" as it is meant to be. If we are to do God's work by fighting injustice, bring peace, create beauty and allow the image of God to thrive in those around us, how are we to do these things if not by power?  With his trademark clear-headed analysis, Andy Crouch unpacks the dynamics of power that either can make human flourishing possible or can destroy the image of God in people.  While the effects of power are often very evident, he uncovers why power is frequently hidden.  He considers not just its personal side but the important ways power develops and resides in institutions.  Throughout, Crouch offers fresh insights from key biblical passages, demonstrating how Scripture calls us to discipline our power.  Wielding power need not distort us or others, but instead can be stewarded well.  An essential book for all who would influence their world for the good.