JESUS ACCEPTED SLAVERY,How to Apply His Mindset To Our Society
by DEAN CROSBY
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Most of those who oppose the Christian faith do so in their doubts about the divinity of Jesus.Seldom are His teachings criticized,almost always they are just ignored, but occasionally questions are raised about His apparent acceptance of slavery.Actually the Bible does not record Jesus commenting on the morality of slavery.Here are His principal comments on the subject,first using a parable: " No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."(Luke 16:13) and "Whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave." (Matthew 20:27).This obviously must be interpreted as one of Jesus' teaching hyperbolas when you also read "Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin."(John 8:34) However the fact remains that Jesus never condemned slavery which was the popular norm in the Roman Empire during His earth ministry and His position on this issue was then picked up and deepened in the writings of the Apostle Paul. So why didn't Jesus use His moral authority and opportunity to trash the reprehensible practice of enslavement? Since literally tens of thousands have been killed and literally hundreds of thousands have had their bodies permanently maimed because the military convinced them to devote their lives to "fighting for freedom", don't you think it's finally time to question Jesus' position on what has literally become a life and death issue for so many for so long? This issue has now been forced to the very top of the urgent priority list because the United States government has wasted so much of its wealth murdering and plundering in its senseless foreign wars that it can no longer provide life-saving services for its own citizens.Yes the same government that has so gleefully and madly squandered its amazing wealth destroying life throughout the world now has finally discovered that it can no longer afford to save the lives of its own people by financing essential social services.What an astonishing karma wake-up call! Moral and economic bankruptcy has become a pressing national issue.It certainly is now time to examine another way out of the jungle of disgraceful and nationally embarrassing degeneracy that we have been pushed into by demonic political death advocates.
The lack of concern about slavery that Jesus exhibited is extremely important for Christians to understand because it can prevent then from obtaining salvation should they fail to do so.While trying to survive in this, the Age of Church Apostasy when it is common to see ministers preaching hate and support for the violence and even the crimes against humanity of warfare ,it is absolutely essential to understand that Christianity as opposed to political Churchanity, teaches and demands a separation from the world and its problems;an essential truth to internalize as we now enter the political election season. In God's mind the problems of the world are not only trivial and even largely irrelevant within His eternal time perspective, but even more important,by focusing on them ( ie.the "war on terrorism") we fill our minds with hate,the desire to retaliate with violence and the deep anxiety the false god NATION creates for us on a daily basis.In fact "fighting for freedom" which we are taught by the government is a honorable way to devote ones life, invariably leads to " hatred, contentions, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, murders, drunkenness and revelries", the very activities that Galatians 5:19-21 tells us " those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Christians need to become mentally obsessed with the love,forgiveness and peace that the real God will give us if we keep our minds focused on Him rather than on one of the morally bankrupt false gods that abound in our country or the problems of the world which tragically are about to become exponentially more severe and painful as we travel still further into the Tribulation period.
Jesus has called us to be salvation and heaven-minded rather than world oriented or even worse,politically motivated.
James 4:4 New Living Translation
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
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