christians run scared on slavery

It’s curious watching Christians panic about slavery. Their holy book is chockablock full of handy tips on how good Christians should behave when it comes to slavery:

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ (Ephesians 6:5)

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

As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. (Leviticus 25:44-46)

Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. (Colossians 3:22)

And of course, my own personal favourite from the eternal god who never changes his mind on anything:

Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.(Exodus 21:20-21)

But not perturbed by these and many more very clear rules, some Christians cling to this one verse for the scant hope it offers:

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

Unfortunately for some sections of Christian society, if they want this verse to get them off the slavery hook, they’ll also have to abandon any notion that their god ‘made them male and female’ and start supporting homosexual marriage and trans people. Because it quite clearly states we are all just people – not our biological sex or gender role. But let’s be fair to them – the verse is obviously not talking about here on Earth. So, slavery is still good!

Now that we have established that the Christian god is super pro-slavery, and very keen for Christian masters to take slaves and treat them properly (beating is fine, just not to death), and that Christian slaves just need to suck it up and behave, it all starts to get rather awkward (as JZ might say). How could a benevolent, omniscient, omnipotent deity encourage the owning and mistreatment of other people in its holy book of rules? What would that say about absolute morality if ‘good’ is owning and beating up slaves?

The answer for the most frightened Christians out there is simple: DIVERSION!! Join the ranks of the terrified John Branyan by pretending you don’t understand simple explanations about co-operation, empathy and the logical evaluation of the outcomes of actions. Ignore what you see in the world around you, ignore what goes on throughout the animal kingdom and start claiming that without an invisible god’s morality stick, atheists want slaves!

An intriguing way to spend your time avoiding what’s so clearly written in your ‘holy’ book. But I understand the desperation.

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