The written scriptures the Church proclaims to be so important, is full of references to power. It just seems the organization we call Church today has picked up the wrong power and have tried to convince ourselves it is the right power?
The world only knows one power and it is force. It shows itself in many different forms but it is always about control. It is administered through many different means of manipulation. Civil societies keep order this way. Corporations use it to attain success in the economic sector. Political parties employ it in hopes of having the power of government in their hands. Most organizations that have an agenda they seek, use some form of this worldly power.
The question for the Church seems to me to be; is it an organization of this world we desire?
Jesus said it was something different. He actually said it wasn't of this world. He used very precise language when saying this. If his kingdom was of this world, his followers would fight. We know he could have done it. He could have over-powered the Romans, but he chose not to.
Don't let the word fight get in the way though....this is about the use of any power-over tactic, any form of control...manipulation....coercion.....or force.
I think the argument about Jesus laying his life down without a fight being due to the fact that it was his calling and that it was unique to him, is old and tired and doesn't line up with scripture. The redemptive act of the cross was for Christ( God's liberating King) to accomplish. But the call to his kingdom and what that kingdom looks like is vitally important for those who would follow.
Jesus is the foundation. He is the only one. The cross and resurrection is the one event that changed everything. If it is the beginning of new creation, the starting point for each one of us, skipping over any of what the cross means leaves us somewhere other than on the road following him.
Paul speaks of the foolishness and the weakness of the cross being the power of God. What does that mean to us? Is that the message we have been given as heralds of the good news? Is that the message we proclaim and demonstrate? Speaking of it is not enough. We are called to live as if we actually believe what we are speaking.
Can we at one moment speak of the foolishness of the cross, then at the same moment live trusting in the power of the world and using it's means, and still be following Jesus?