Why Power Prevents the Prophetic

Willimon on the problem of power

if one is on top, well fixed, secure, then one can afford to be sanguine about sin.  We people in power always think of ourselves as basically good people living in a well-ordered world.  Why not? It is our world.  To such folk, “prophetic ministry” means mostly minor tinkering with the present political structures, the passage of new legislation, helpful advice to Congress.  Our world, while needing certain modifications, is basically good because it is our world.

Willimon, Will. Pastor, pg. 266