“The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb” is a book that I read earlier this fall. The authors of the book believe that North American followers of Jesus today have fallen prey to the seductions of worldly power in contrast to the way of Jesus. Considering all the women who have courageously come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse I have returned to the book and reflected on its timely message.
At the heart of sexual harassment and abuse is power. Scripture offers us an image of a dragon and of a lamb in its understanding of power. The way of the dragon is the way of the world, to have power over the other. The way of the lamb is to know and understand that power is perfected in weakness (2 Cor 12:9). Power in the Christian life is discovered in one place and one person alone. The place is ‘weakness’ and the person is ‘Jesus’.
In his book, “The Gravedigger File”, Os Guinness argues that the church will become its own gravedigger as it continues to uncritically incorporate the values, ideologies and techniques of the world. Too often the church abandons the way of Jesus and operates according to the values, ideologies and techniques of the world. Jesus not only undermined this; he recalibrated what it looks like.
This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday and we will live in Matthew 25:31-46. What does it mean to be a people who walk the way of the lamb as opposed to the way of the dragon? Bonhoeffer in “Life Together” gives us a clue when he writes, “What may appear weak and trifling to us may be great and glorious to God.”
P.S. If you have not yet done so please offer your 2018 Financial Promise this Sunday. You may place your promise card in the Globes during the reception of our tithes and offerings.