How will we use power in 2019?
Power can be used to bless or to harm. The account in 2 Samuel 13 illustrates forcefully the abuse of power for personal benefit. Tamar was King David’s young daughter living under the protection of his household. Whilst she had many privileges like most females of her time she had little personal agency, that is, she had to do as she was told by her father and the other
The rape narrative in 2 Samuel 13 provides confronting reading. It reveals that even people chosen by God can do awful things within their family and intimate relationships. It repels because it illustrates how power can be misused to dehumanize and objectify an individual turning them into objects or things for the use of an individual.
The abuse of power and objectification of girls, women, boys
A computer program has been developed that creates fake videos using inserted faces of innocent women onto the bodies of women in pornographic videos that are then circulated on the internet and
As followers of Jesus who are looking ahead to this new year within our faith communities, families and wider communities, are we aware of the power we individually and as a church community
What ways of doing, thinking and talking – within our own families and churches might reinforce or support a culture where individuals are at risk of abuse?
This year can we spend time listening to the experiences of those within our families and churches so we can better address abuses of power and put in place practices which encourage the use of power in serving and self-giving ways rather than self-serving ways? Let those in our communities with Tamar-like experiences genuinely know our churches as places of listening, advocating and healing.
Source: The Washington Post