By Kerwin Holmes, Jr.
If you take seriously one portion of an ideology, then beware to take seriously the entire ideology as a whole.
The above statement is the rule for any and all activities that focus on a person’s beliefs or claims for truth. Far too often, we in the world of quick-access information and 5-second YouTube commercial blips get used to half-listening and half-answering the worldviews of people that we encounter. It tends to go like:
“So you’re a Muslim and you believe that ISIS is right?”
“Well, I am Muslim, but ISIS doesn’t represent me. They actually follow Salafist Islam.”
“Aha! So they are the real Muslims and you are the heretic!”
“So you believe in evolution, but monkeys are still around dude.”
“Well, that’s not what evolution says anyways. It says that we all have a common ancestor. And what do you know anyways, you’re a creationist who doesn’t believe in science!”
“I do too believe in science! I just believe that humans are humans and apes are apes, and radiometric dating is so inaccurate. But you think Africans come from monkeys, so you’re a racist!”
If these don’t serve society justice, just scroll the “Comments” section on YouTube or something.
Anyways, I have done a good amount of studying on slavery and how American Christians dealt with slavery while it existed in the United States. This led me by extension to learn more about what is actually said about slavery in the Bible. And by in the Bible, I mean specifically what God tells the Israelites to do concerning slavery and how the Mosaic model of slavery was to function.
Of course, right away people will attack the Bible for even allowing slavery, because in the modern world we are more advanced than ever before and we know that slavery is an inhumane practice.
But the disconcerting truth is that slavery existed in many different forms throughout all of time and human history. Some versions of slavery were so benign, that we could argue that they continue to this day, while others are very malign and only continue in the lowest societies of humanity on Earth today. It is far more accurate to say that slaveries existed in times past, and that they still exist to this day.
For this series, I will be going through Torah laws and breaking down what slavery actually is condoned in the Bible’s literature. Now, as you know me, I love to engage in the original texts and to put my storytelling talent to good use while I do this. But in order for this to work, it requires that you, the humble reader/listener, be willing to engage what I am saying and what the Bible is actually saying in order to come away with the right understanding.
Because if not, we could play the same ping-pong games that we so often see on YouTube, in the United Nations, and even on Capitol Hill. But come on…those people never really get anything done. And this is a cause for the moral progress of our society.
Besides, God Himself is on trial in this study. Who would have thought that a Christian’s duty to study the Bible can also turn out that kind of way?