Something that I have been thinking about a lot is from pages 2-5 that … the power and purpose of death are incarnated in institutions and structures, procedures and regiemes…hospital systems…these principalities are identified as demonic powers because of the ruthless dehumanization they cause. I had never really thought of organisations etc in this way but can totally see how evil can work through anything that dehumanizes, working in the hospital ‘system’ I experienced first hand how this happens. When those in charge of making decisions are detached from those they affect, the door is opened for various sources of motivation to be used and the influence and power of budgets, profit, statistics, control etc to thrive and grow. However, I guess this can happen on a personal level as well by judging, criticising, stereotyping, shifting responsibility, not seeing people through God’s eyes, with God’s heart. In this season of advent I am reminded of how personal God is with us, that the King of the universe knows each of us intimately and loves us completely and that His kingdom is here but working through loving relationships, his sons and daughters in the earth remaining with Him whilst touching others.
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