A natural fit

Slavery and Christianity, that is. Naomi Schaefer Riley’s article, “Equal Before God” in today’s WSJ poses the question “Why did masters want their slaves to be Christians?”

That’s a good question, but the better one is, “why did any slaves remain in the faith?” My answer should be clear to those who can read Scripture: we suffer, with our Savior, on this side of the cross. In different words, life is harsh, and we look to the world to come for comfort. But on this side of the cross, in this life, we grit our teeth, bear our burdens, knowing that God is with us — Immanuel.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a slave, but I’ve seen some hard times and know that faith in God has pulled me through. There are many in today’s generation that could not do what I had to; just as I don’t know that I could do what a slave had to.

The key word is suffering: for Christ; with Christ. This, to me, is the message: one that complements, and is a natural fit, to being a slave in this world. Those who suffer simply for having been born the wrong color must know that God loves them, especially. Just as He loved His only son, but allowed that, before Jesus returned to the Father, “first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation” (Luke 17:25).

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