Playing God

John Starke | October 4, 2013


Andy Crouch. Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2013. 288 pp. $25.00.

In a sermon, I recently said to my congregation something like, “Our culture uses the identities of socioeconomic status, race, gender, or even age and levies them as power over others. But as disciples of Christ, our identity is expressed through the laying down of power.” In fact, a similar statement can be found in some of our governing documents that try to give a theological vision to our church community. It’s part and parcel of the language and culture that we’ve tried to create at our church. To follow Christ means to identify with the lowly and excluded. And the only way to do that is to find our fundamental identity in Christ, who put on human frailty, and his cross.

But I could feel Andy Crouch take a surgical knife to that statement as I read his new Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. I could hear him listening to my sermon and saying, “Yes and no. Yes, identify with the lowly and don’t use your identities as power over others. But let’s think some more about ‘power.’”


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