Threaded CRCSynod 2018 Tweet on the Power Meme

#crcsynod Overture. 12-14 and 18 conversations are fraught with ironies implicit in the power meme. The power meme says “powerful people use power to deny others their rights and desires”. This is used to explain the miseries of history’s losers and nearly everything else. 1/5

The power meme leverages a valid insight (people use power to preserve what is pleasing to them) to paint any enemy, adversary, rival or challenger. It immediately proves itself and betrays its own moral insight. 2/5

In the name of “justice” CRC institutional power is used to identify and attempt to right an identified list of wrongs on behalf of another list of marginalized people. Seldom does it critique THAT use of power and the moral complexities within it. 3/5

The power meme says that power itself naturally and necessarily marginalizes some in favor of others (the definition of choice) so a justification for that marginalization is sought and predictably found. This results in a group that feels itself to be the victims of power. 4/5

Jesus critiqued this game. He didn’t merely take sides, in the narrative of kenosis, crucifixion and resurrection are resources to disrupt the revolving door of the power meme. In him adversaries can become friends despite injustice. We might consider this. 5/5

About PaulVK

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One Response to Threaded CRCSynod 2018 Tweet on the Power Meme

  1. Bill Vis says:

    Paul, maybe you can go back and add #crcsynod to the beginning of the second through fifth item. Only the first shows up on that feed.

    Bill

    On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 4:40 PM Leadingchurch.com wrote:

    > PaulVK posted: ” > https://twitter.com/PaulVanderKlay/status/1006998177814212608 #crcsynod > Overture. 12-14 and 18 conversations are fraught with ironies implicit in > the power meme. The power meme says “powerful people use power to deny > others their rights and desires”. Thi” >

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