Everyone has power to some degree. The question becomes how do we use the power we have? This has become a very important thing for me to think about in light of my neighbor.
The greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Neighbor in this sense is not just those that live next to me. I believe we need to understand Jesus is speaking of our neighbor in a way that emcompasses everyone around the world. All of mankind.
I'm being very challenged by the spirit to pay close attention to all I do and weigh it in light of this commandment. If the way I live ( life at home and all it encompasses, life in my community, and how I do my work in my vocation) hurts or exploits my neighbor, it would seem I am not demonstrating kingdom of heaven living?
It seems to me, as to the power I have, that I should live in a way that has NO negative impact on my neighbor. It also seems that it would go beyond that though. That I would use the power that I have in a High positive impact way.
Are we living in a way that heals and helps reconcile? Or are we living in way that works right along side the worldly power structure that hurts and exploits others so that I can have want I want without much regard for my neighbor or God's creation?
NT Wright: Jesus, the Cross and the Power of God