Who and what dominates you? Who should, must, truly deserves to?
None of us are exactly pristine in self-control so unless patently liars we don’t even dominate ourselves though we often think, choose, act as if we alone have such right, and in a sense, humanly speaking, sure that’s our right as in some senses and areas of life it truly does come down to personal choice. Even THAT gets debated, among professing Christians depending on your personal and/or shared theology.
Among others throughout The Bible, Peter makes a statement that is easy to never read, pass over or simply ignore toward the end of his first letter to the churches: “To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
The Greek word “dominion” means “force, strength, power, might”
In the Amplified version “To Him be dominion (power, authority, sovereignty) forever and ever. Amen.”
Fact is WE want dominion and it’s what has often prompted “wars and fightings among you” based on our “lusts”. The lust for control is so often the true mind, heart and guts of brutality, and I am now speaking of all people but in context, white Americans who have been asserting control for the history of our nation.
God ALONE has right, eternal right, does and will and shall always exercise the right of dominion for all power and dominion IS His and scripture is clear that in the end of things all will know this. as reality and fact.
In light of our self-righteousness, defensiveness and unwillingness to yield in justice for ALL we so often default to power-plays, force, control, violent measures. Let us face these truths and repent where we must.
“As you have done it to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.”
The core of Peter’s message in context is a call and exhortation to humility in the life of believers. Domination? That is God’s alone.
Things to consider perhaps? As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn