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Power and corruption

You have probably heard this statement, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  No doubt you can think of examples of people who acquired power and used it in a corrupt manner.  The ones I think of first are Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.  Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust which killed 17 million people, including almost 6 million Jews.  Stalin’s policies resulted in the deaths of millions and after World War II the Soviet Union seized control of many nations in Eastern Europe.  The lives of these two are clear evidence that possession of power leads to corruption and a rejection of traditional standards of right and wrong.

Their lives would be evidence of this except for one fact.  God possesses absolute power.  That means he should be absolutely corrupt, but in fact we see that God is absolutely free of corruption.  That shows that it could not have been the acquisition of power that led Hitler and Stalin to commit the evil they were responsible for. Read the rest of this entry

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