Friday, September 11, 2009

Slavery, and employment

Titus 2:9-10 (ESV)
Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, [10] not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Slavery, It is the result of Christian influence on society that slavery has been outlawed, and condemned in most of the west. It is a taboo subject, today. Paul never did condemn slavery, though he would have condemned the abuses with which it was associated in the American South. It is embarrassing to think that many of these slave owners considered themselves “Christian” while treating fellow brothers and sisters in such shameful manner. Paul here though talks about how slaves should behave in their predicament. Slaves were in a position to show their owners the blessings of Christ in a unique way. They were to distinguish themselves from other slaves by not being argumentative, and not pilfering (stealing, from their masters) but being faithful to their masters. In doing this they would undoubtedly improve their lot, through legal means.
The same can be said of employees today. Doing your job faithfully, not arguing with the boss, and not pilfering is a common sense way of getting ahead in life.


Jonathan said...

Yet, many miss the real point Paul was making within the context and instead assume that he was speaking in favor of slavery. That wrong conclusion feeds revisionists' idea that "today we know better" which leads to their willingness to dismiss other parts of Scripture where they find fault with the author or the topic that is not in tune with the times. Is one born with either a historical-critical or a higher-critical orientation, or do we choose it after being influenced/conditioned? Sort of a nature/nurture question, I guess.

Brigitte said...

Simply and well explained.

Jonathan said...

Oops: I meant to say historical-grammatical vs historical-critical orientation.

Further observation: those with a historical-critical orientation appear to tend toward a more liberal mindset, in general. I'm curious why that is so.

Bror Erickson said...

I think people who happen to be liberal in one area, just tend to be liberal. Sometimes I think this is a failure to be able to think clearly on any level. One radio commenter has mentioned that liberalism is a mental disorder. I don't know. I have also found those that are conservative, and jump behind every conservative cause, without knowing in the slightest why? To some Liberal and Conservative are nothing more than opposing football teams to root for.