By focusing too much on political power, we overlook how social power plays out in everyday relationships and institutions. There are four characteristics to the social power that Jesus exercised. First, his power was derivative - originating from intimacy and submission to his Father. Second, his power was humble - rejecting the privileges of status and reputation, suffering indignities with joy. Third, his power was compassionate - serving the good of all and not just the good of the community of faith. And fourth, his power was non-coercive - blessing rather than cursing “the other,” as we can see from his encounters with Samaritans and Romans.
— James Davidson Hunter, “Faithful Presence”, Christianity Today, May 2010