slaves

Enduring Injustice

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” – Colossians 3:22 Throughout the course of history, many people have read the verse above and taken it out of context. It’s horrifying to think that before the Civil War, pastors were using this passage in Colossians to teach that God condones slavery. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Satan loves to take the Word of the Lord and twist it into something evil, after all, what better way to deceive than to cloak darkness in light? The reality of these verses is that the Apostle Paul is teaching us how to endure a bad lot in life, even if what is being done to us goes against the heart of Jesus.  Slavery is not

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Servants of All

“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:43-45 Understanding the Bible in its historical context enables us to see just how scandalous our Savior was. Jesus was born into a world under the rule of the Roman Empire — the most powerful civilization in history — so His ministry took place in a society that was immersed in hierarchy, and position was the currency of power. In the ancient world, there was a clear caste system, and emerging from one’s allotted place in the pyramid typically happened only by force. Caesar was at the top of the heap, and at his disposal were massive armies and legions

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