Where is the Evil in Slavery?
There continues to be much discussion across the Christian blogosphere (and I must add, pandering) regarding slavery, both biblical and in reference to the war between the states.
While the many voices continue to bash both the South and any concept of slavery as anti-gospel and evil, I have to wonder if they truly know what they are talking about? Where did they get their information, or should I say indoctrination? My only answer is from government run public educational systems and/or those who derived their education from the same. Regardless, such a concept and understanding is strictly a passed-on, traditional stupidity taught by the Lincoln cult worshipers.
Why, pray tell, has the Bible been so neglected in the discussion?
After all, God gave instructions on slavery – all of them beneficial, for both master and slave. Where’s the ‘evil’ of slavery, aside from personal pandering to the black race, an evil in itself? And yes, pandering is a sin.
Exodus 21 1, 2 ff.: “These are the laws you are to set before them: If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you….”
Deuteronomy 15: 12-15: “If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you…”
That God gave instructions to both slave and masters is indisputable. Yet, nowhere does God call slavery evil, and why would He, having given instructions and commands regarding slavery that both honored Him and His law as well as benefited both master and slave?
It was through God’s instructions on slavery that people learned responsibility, learned to avoid debts they could not pay, learned responsibilities in marriage, to avoid welfare or any type of pseudo-security while at the same time demanding total freedom. Both masters and slaves were taught to be treated in a God-honoring manner, the list goes on and on and on.
According to God’s instructions, slavery could be either involuntary (Exodus 22:3) sold for debt (Deut. 15:12), or, a man could voluntarily give up his freedom and liberties and make himself a slave (Exodus 21:5-7).
God instructed, not man, that slaves could be held for their entire lives (Leviticus 25:44-45). God gave instructions on flogging (Exodus 21:20; Deut. 23:15). Of course, limits were set on punishment (Exodus 21:26-27; Lev. 24:17) but the bottom line here is that God Almighty set forth the instructions, and coming from Himself, such instructions were good and holy.
And yet so many today do not hesitate to call what God has given instructions regarding, evil.
When Israel herself was subjected to slavery under the Egyptians, did God call it evil? No.
Where is the evil of slavery – in the Bible?
There is none. It’s all good, all beneficial to all involved, both slave and master! Do you know why? Because the instructions regarding slavery came from our Creator!
To posit that all manner of slavery is evil is to reject what God has spoken in His written Word regarding slavery and worse, it is to proclaim that what He has spoken regarding slavery and its use is evil.
I wouldn’t go there.