Advice For Christians Who Are Slaves

Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. (I Corinthians 7:21 NIV).

Slavery was a very real thing during Bible times. There were lots of people that had little power legally to make decisions for their own life. They were owned by others and were often mistreated.Even today there are different kinds of bondage. Slavery still exists in some parts of the world, or even off in the shadows of western society where it is not legal. One can still be falsely imprisoned in jail for crimes that they have not committed, or restrained for a variety of other reasons by people who do not have their interests in mind.

The Bible offers encouragement to people who are trapped in physical slavery. The Apostle Paul, in the passage quoted above, tells slaves who are Christians to not be worried by their condition: God is in control and He can still use them to his glory, even when imprisoned. Paul himself would later be imprisoned on false charges for years, and yet it never kept him from serving the Lord. Nevertheless, Paul tells us that those who are in bondage should try to gain their freedom if it is possible. This is so that they can use their freedom to further serve God. SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY PREFER BONDAGE because this allows them to abdicate some of their personal responsibilities. But mature Christians are supposed to be responsible members of society, and are to embrace their freedom in order to glorify God.

 

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