Mark 10:42-45 - Christians Are Not "Archists."

From time to time on this blog we'll talk about "archists." The word comes from Mark 10:42-45, after Jesus discovers His disciples arguing about who is going to be the greatest:

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. {43} Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. {44} And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. {45} "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

The word translated "rulers" comes from the Greek word from which we derive our word "anarchist." Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be "archists." In fact, God hates archists.

Nobody wants to be called an "anarchist." But clearly, Christians are to be "un-archists" or "non-archists," or something that's the logical opposite of an "archist." Maybe you can think of a better word for someone who does not seek to conquer and control others, but rather to be their servant. We're going to use the word "anarchist" because it tends to wake up the reader.


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