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March 29, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

7 Reflections on the Issue of Slavery in the Old Testament

Big picture is not off track.

Its all part of the over arching narrative and point of the conversation.

So…the Bible discussed slavery, but it does so in the context of a contract in which you treat slaves well. Its not much different than sports contracts. This is also a net improvement (ie its a net improvement in accountability).

Second, Moses did say “Let my people go!” at least in principle

Third, the Bible was the basis for “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” because before TJ wrote it he got it from Locke who deduced that from the Bible (or perhaps other philosophers who were heavily influenced with Biblical principles.

Fourth, the Bible helped serve as a means to check the accountability of slavery

Fifth, the Bible and the church served as the backbone for the civil rights movement.

Six, the church was ahead of many institutions.

Seventh, the Jesus model is amazing in this regard.

Moreover, Galatians 3:28:
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

All of these point to the issue that the arc of history points toward justice. That accountability through ethics and the law brought about social change which moved society forward.

You say my source was dishonest. You see action and assume intent. That article covered lots of ground–and there was lots to cover. Perhaps more could have been covered.

You can read more here “What about Old Testament Slavery” (link)
or here about “Tips about interpreting Old Testament Law”

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