Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In talking with others, especially young adults, it is a good time to address slavery in the Bible. Particularly, what was slavery in the NT and why doesn’t Paul abolish it? This article does an excellent job. Read the whole thing.
Both Keller and Carson make the point that ancient slavery was not the same as American slavery.
This is a huge issue for young adults to understand for several reasons:
1. Homosexuality – I have heard it argued that “The Christian understanding changed on the biblical understanding of slavery and women’s rights. Similarly, in a few years we will also have a more progressive view of homosexuality.”
2. (Related to #1) The Bible’s Perceived Social Backwardness – Although conservative Christians would […]