Privilege is an advantage, right or benefit that is not available to everyone. It is the rights and advantages enjoyed by a relatively small group of people, usually because of status.
It is imperative that we see our equality as disciples and that there not be any privilege to a perceived elite few. This would include no distinction between male and female, race, groups, denominations and cultures.
The great poison of privilege has been between leaders and followers, and especially between the man-made baloney called ‘clergy and laity.’ Every leader must learn that ‘the greater authority—the less the privilege.’
This poison of privilege is contaminating ‘the river of life’ and must be stopped. It has been destroying the purity of the church for a long time and is destroying the leaders, but they rarely even know it because it has been ‘expected privilege’ for so long. It’s time to clean out the poison.
(From Words for 2008… time for this word again I’m thinking.)
“But they (the Pharisees) do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi (or Pastor) by men. But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call any one on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders (teachers); for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Jesus